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“Inventive Audio Visual”

Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Museum
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Patterson
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

I am not sure I would make a special trip to this museum but as it was just off the highway on our way back to the New Orleans Airport and FREE it fitted the bill.
It is not well signposted and looks more like an industrial unit than a museum. Outside and in front of the building and close to the highway is a large mounted jet fighter. You have to cross the railway tracks to get to the parking lot.
The docent is very informative and seems to insist on summarising the video you are about to see. I suspect we had been the only visitors that day and that is a pity. In truth I knew nothing about these early flying enthusiasts.

Their fortune was made chopping down 1000 year old Cypress trees as they made very good waterproof sleepers for the railway boom. They spent it in pursuit of flying speed records.

Beautiful small aeroplanes in a very clean building with a very clever interactive audio visual display. You would need to be an afficionado of lumber yards to get more than passing fun from the sawmill museum although how Spanish Moss was used for Model T Ford seating is a curious anecdote.

There is another review on TA called the Louisiana State Museum - Patterson. It is the same place.

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Reviewed 2 December 2012

This museum is part of the Louisiana State Museum System and is full of both the aviation history of early avionics and our history of what was once the largest cypress sawmill in the world. Both are first class displays and the center section ( aviation is on the left with the sawmill section on the right) has traveling displays from a local artist's ships in a bottle, to Tarzan ( the first Tarzan movie was filmed in this area) to the Blue Dog. It also is part of the Christmas Light drive through display which is also worth seeing. This is a great museum and the admission is free.

3  Thank bayoujoe
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

The film about Mr Wedell and Mr Williams was educational and their historical accomplishments were outstanding. Patterson is a small town mostly famous for Dalton Hillard (LSU & Saints) but these pilots/businessmen were major players for the airplane industry in our country. Also the Cypress Sawmill Museum was very interesting and educational.

3  Thank Luke70522
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

If you are traveling through Patterson, LA a must stop is the state aviation museum. IT’s FREE Admission. The place is immaculate. On the left side is the aviation section showing several replicas of old racing planes and histories pertaining to the airplane races. There is a short movie , complete with special effects, that shows races and a history of the museum and air racing. Just behind the three screens is a short video that will provide addition historical information. To the right upon entering the museum is a section on saw milling with lots of information about a area industry and the sawmill business. This is where the funding came from for the museum. There is no food or drinks available however there are very clean rest rooms. Plenty of free parking at the door.

5  Thank texaswillie
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