A Spirit Stick is planted in the Park

The Trailhead Museum is honored and delighted to share with you a new addition to Abita Springs Park. 

Wikipedia defines a totem as "a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe".

The Totem at the Trailhead Museum

The Totem at the Trailhead Museum

Folks just love Abita Springs.  And we're sharing that love with visitors to the Park through this "spirit stick", honoring our past through Choctaw symbology while celebrating the presence of local businesses and attractions.  We hope you'll be as pleased with this colorful addition as we are.

Dave Kelsey hands off his sun sign to Cleco

Dave Kelsey hands off his sun sign to Cleco

Our electric company, Cleco, funded the project, which was conceived by Trailhead Museum vice-president George Long and designed by esteemed artist and sign maker Dave Kelsey, who has worked in scenic design on numerous films.

Months of work come to fruition

Months of work come to fruition

Totems are considered collective symbols that represent both God and society.  Many here have long considered our clean air and pure water to be sacred.  We understand and appreciate this vital connection.  Learn more about this as well as the legend of Princess Abita in the Trailhead Museum, which is open on Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 4pm and Sundays noon - 4pm during the Art & Farmers Market and this Sunday's Water Festival.

New bright colors in the Park

New bright colors in the Park

Along with major support from Cleco, we wish to thank those businesses represented on the totem for their contributions to the Trailhead Museum.  They are Abita Brewing, Abita Snoball Stand, Abita Veterinary Practice, Blitch/Knevel Architects, the Women's Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs Cafe, and Abita Brew Pub.

If you'll notice up top, there's a weather station, which will be used as a teaching tool in the Museum.  There's also a webcam that will deliver images of the Abita Beer Stage and the Museum 24 hours a day on the Internet.  Here's a link to the weather station.  Bookmark it to get the most local conditions possible:  Historic District KLAABITA4

Fall is a great time to visit the Park and the Museum.  Please come see us and learn more about the history and culture of Abita Springs.