Friday, October 29, 2021

Car Show Halloween Block Party

The last block party and car show of the year, the celebrated Halloween theme event along Columbia Street in Covington, was held Friday night, October 29, 2021, with side shows at Florida and Boston and along Lockwood Street. 

Hundreds of parents strolled through the dozens of cars, trucks, jeeps, and motorcycles, as their costumed children gathered up all kinds of candy and goodies from the vehicle owners and friends. Costumes and scary masks were all the rage, with several bands playing music along the way. 

Here are some photographs. Click on the images to make them larger. 




100 Years Ago This October 29, 2021

What was going on 100 years ago this week? CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer Issue of  October 29, 1921. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

Click on the sample images below to see larger versions.


The Farmer continues its crusade for draining farmlands

Madisonville news and excitement

Edison phonographs advertise mood music

The railroad's post war problems

Society news

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Mackie House

 Not far from the entrance to Bogue Falaya Park in Covington is the Mackie House, a beautiful home that features shaded galleries, heart pine floors, and within a short walk down Independence Street is Columbia Landing on the Bogue Falaya River.

According to its information from historical records, the home is a Creole/French style Colonial home, with clapboard/weatherboard siding, an asphalt shingle roof, and double-hung casement windows. Additions to the home include a section in the rear, a "widow's walk" and roof dormers.


It was originally the site of the home of H. Larousini, but that structure was destroyed by fire in May of 1900. That building was described as one of the "largest and finest residences" in town. Another home was built there and occupied by Harry A. Mackie, the owner of Mackie's Pine Oil.

The Carriage House first appeared on a Sanborn map as an "auto garage" in 1921. The board and batten structure is painted green and is a historic structure on its own merit.

The Mackie Carriage House 

A Mackie House portrait by Suzanne King

 In an article on posted in November of 2015,  Angela Colley wrote that The Mackie House was an Acadian styled home surrounded by beautiful oak trees and a white picket fence. The property once belonged to none other than John Wharton Collins, a New Orleans merchant who founded the city of Covington in 1813.
"There’s a long hall and staircase in the middle and rooms on either side,"Ms. Colley goes on to say.
Several pictures of the home, both interior and exterior,  are still up for view on real estate websites, from when it was up for sale a few years ago.The webpages are linked below:

Zillow listing     Realtor listing


The Mackie House in snow