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In the early 1800’s Gretna was made up of three main settlements; McDonoghville, Mechanickham and Gretna. In 1839 St. Marys Market Steam Ferry Company developed over 800 lots along Lafayette Avenue. As their name implies, they also established the Commercial Ferry Service which provides access to and from the Westbank and Eastbank. All three settlements were consolidated and declared ‘Gretna’ by the Governor in 1913. The census of 2010 records a population of 18,000. When crossing the Crescent City Connection, remain on the ‘elevated expressway’ as we like to call it, exiting at either Terry Parkway, Stumpf or Lafayette Street. Each of these main thoroughfares provide access to the diverse and rich cultures Gretna offers to its residents and visitors.
Historic Old Gretna
When exiting from the elevated West Bank Expressway (Harry Lee Highway) and turning right you will find yourself in charming Old Gretna. In 1985 the Historic District of old Gretna was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the homes and buildings in the neighborhoods are older than 100 years. The architecture reflects the taste of the first settlers from Europe, the Italians, Germans and French.
Our nations oldest active volunteer fire department , The David Crockett Fire Co. No. 1, was organized and remains in Gretna to this day.
The Gretna Green Blacksmiths Shop is open for tours and demonstrations of metal working and art. Every year, on Valentines Day, the Blacksmiths Shop hosts their Valentine Day Wedding Celebration. This tradition carries over from Gretna Green, Scotland. It is told that couples in the 17 and 1800’s, wishing to elope, crossed the boarder into Scotland and were married by the local blacksmith.
Nestled in the heart of Old Gretna real estate is a Farmers Market every Saturday. Where fresh picked and locally grown fruits and vegetables abound for your culinary pleasure. The food and spice giant, Zatarans was founded in Gretna by Emile Zataran Sr. in 1889. He later sold the company to McCormick.
Get your exercise, enjoy some local art and mingle, every other Saturday by joining the Gretna Art Walk. Experience the charm of the historical neighborhoods within this three square mile stroll.
Gretna supports the continued thirst for knowledge with a 5800 square foot library. Physical fitness is no joke in Gretna as evidenced by the state of the art, multi-purpose Mel Ott Recreation Center dedicated and opened in March of 2013. Enjoy competitive BMX bike racing at the only bicycle raceway on either side of the river, the BMX Raceway on Gretna Boulevard. If science and astronomy interest you then you must visit #1 Copernicus Lane, the only public Observatory in the New Orleans Metropolitan area.
Festival Time — Gretna Has It
One of the largest festivals in the metropolitan New Orleans area is the Gretna Heritage Festival held every October. In 2014 the people of Gretna celebrated its twentieth year. Over twenty five blocks of town are blocked from traffic, seven stages are erected, hundreds of booths are organized showcasing arts, crafts and foods from the local restaurants and vendors. Enjoy Italian Village and the German Beer Garden. Amusement rides are a favorite of the children and free parking keeps the adults smiling.
Terrytown is a suburb of New Orleans with the city limits of Gretna. It was founded by subdivision developer Paul Kapelow in March of 1960. He named it after his eldest daughter, Terry. It lies within the boarders of Gretna as an unincorporated town.
Terrytown is home to the only Mall on the Westbank, The Oakwood Center. The Center is ground zero for the Terrytown Spring Festival celebrating its fourth year in 2015. It is hosted by the Terrytown Economic Development Association and benefits local non profits. Stay tuned for some exciting new developments coming for 2015 at the Oakwood Center. The Terrytown Country Club offers swimming, tennis courts, bar-b-que pits, picnic tables with a separate hall available for rent.