New Roads and Old Rivers
Louisiana's Historic Pointe Coupee Parish
New Roads and Old Rivers captures the natural and cultural vitality of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, as seen in the stunning photographs of Richard Sexton, with text by Randy Harelson and Brian Costello. Pointe Coupee is one of the oldest settlements in the Mississippi Valley, dating to the 1720s. French for “a place cut off,” the name refers to the area’s three oxbow lakes, separated from the Mississippi over centuries. A peninsula edged by the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, Pointe Coupee remains a land rich in Creole heritage, distinct in geographical beauty, and abounding in historic homes and farms.
Randy Harelson is an artist, writer, horticulturist, and educator originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has lived in New Roads since 2006.
Brian Costello's family has called Pointe Coupee home through eleven generations. He is the author of A History of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana and seventeen other books. The founding archivist of the Historical Materials Collection at the Pointe Coupee Parish Library, he lives on False River with his wife, Mary.
Extras for New Roads, Old Rivers
A video interview with Randy Harelson (WBRZ)
Harelson on The Reading Life (WWNO)
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