Road Trip 2013 - West Baton Rouge

West Baton Rouge Parish may be the smallest in Louisiana, but where it lacks in size, it makes up for in history, culture, business, and personality – All of which will be highlighted in 9News this Morning's Road Trip to Port Allen on Friday morning!

The 9NTM team will broadcast live from outside the West Baton Rouge Museum, located at 845 N. Jefferson St. in Port Allen, from 5-7am this Friday, April 26. Matt, Lauren, Diane, Johnny and Graham – with help from a dozen or so WAFB crew members – will tell the stories of what makes West Baton Rouge Parish special.

Poplar Grove Plantation is one of the most well-known of those special places. Diane Deaton shares its story, and its connection to the new Mississippi River Bridge.

The parish's plantation homes and historic places aren't just a draw for history buffs. Lauren Westbrook goes behind-the-scenes with the women who connect the parish with Louisiana's growing film industry.

Just about anywhere in the vicinity of the new bridge, you can smell it – That's Community Coffee, and the aroma of the beans roasting in their plant along the river in Port Allen. Graham Ulkins takes us inside. Another local business may not be as well-known, but it's just as unique. Matt Williams shows us what's chirping behind the walls of Fluker Farms (chocolate-covered crickets, anyone?!).

The Mississippi River is of course what divides East Baton Rouge from the "West Side." We'll talk about the importance of the waterway to commerce and the agriculture in the parish, and beyond. Graham Ulkins visits the Port, while Jeff Morrow takes us to a family farm that's been part of West Baton Rouge for generations.

Driving through West Baton Rouge Parish, you know Port Allen, Brusly and Addis. But have you heard of Morley? Matt Williams will tell the story of this lost town.

From Johnny Ahysen's celebrity sighting at the West Baton Rouge Museum, to Lauren Westbrook's lesson in how news of the day is best-learned in Brusly, the team is ready to share the stories of what locals have told us is the "Best Side."

West Baton Rouge Parish residents are encouraged to join the WAFB team for our LIVE broadcast Friday morning. Court Street Café and River Road Coffee will help wake you up, along with plenty of familiar faces, including Parish President Riley Berthelot, Sheriff Mike Cazes, Mayor Deedy Slaughter (Port Allen), Mayor Joey Normand (Brusly), and Mayor David Toups (Addis). West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Director Kathy Stuart and Tourism Director Sharon Stam will share their insight into what makes West Baton Rouge a great place to live, work, and play. We will highlight the great schools in the parish, with visits from Superintendent David Corona, Port Allen's talented art class, the cheerleaders from Port Allen and Brusly, the State Champion girls powerlifting team from Port Allen, and the State Champion wrestlers from Brusly. Still think it's too early? The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz and the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society will help start your day with some great local music.

See you LIVE for 9News this Morning Road Trip, beginning at 5am!