The Office of State Parks, which recently announced shorter operating hours at state parks because of budget cuts, will now reduce operations at state historic sites, including three in the Feliciana parishes.
Effective Aug. 1, state historic sites will be open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rather than seven days a week, a State Parks news release says.
The schedule change will allow two previously closed sites, Centenary State Historic Site in Jackson and Marksville State Historic Site, to reopen Aug. 1, the news release says.
Office of State Parks spokeswoman Sharon Broussard said Winter Quarters State Historic Site near Newellton will remain closed.
Other sites in the Felicianas with shortened schedules are Audubon, Rosedown Plantation and Port Hudson. The state also owns Locust Grove State Historic Site, a plantation cemetery north of St. Francisville, but the site is not staffed except for special programs.
In July 2010, budget cuts also prompted the closure of Fort Jesup State Historic Site and Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site. Fort Jesup reopened in November through a cooperative agreement with the town of Many, Sabine Parish and the Sabine River Authority.
Plaquemine Lock reopened in January through a similar agreement with the city of Plaquemine and Iberville Parish.