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EAST FELICIANA PARISH

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by Alana A. Carmon

Located in the heart of Louisiana’s Plantation Country is East Feliciana Parish, established in 1824 when the old parish of Feliciana was divided in half. East Feliciana, which is Spanish for "Happy land," encompasses 454 square miles in the state's hill section.

The region that became East Feliciana was settled primarily by the British, although settlers from the Atlantic states were mainly of Irish and Scottish descent. Possessing a high level of intelligence, culture, and aristocratic tradition, these immigrants transformed the area into a major legal, educational, and commercial center during the antebellum period. East Feliciana also excelled in architecture, particularly the Greek revival style. Many of the wealthy residents constructed lavish mansions with the finest furniture from America and Europe.The residents’ ability to build palatial homes was a result of the thriving cotton industry. With the completion of the Clinton and Port Hudson Railroad in 1840, it became easier to ship cotton and other products, and the parish’s seat of Clinton began to export approximately twenty-five thousand bales of cotton annually. Also exporting sugar and molasses, a magazine of the time noted that Clinton had more business transactions than any other town of its size in the south.With the decline of cotton production after the boll weevil epidemic and government limitations on cotton acreage, the economy of East Feliciana dwindled rapidly. It was not until diversified farming was introduced in the late 1930s that the economy of the parish thrived again. In addition to cotton, present-day East Feliciana, with a population of 19,200, also receives revenues from soybean crops.

East Feliciana Parish is noted for its scenic beauty and historical landmarks. The Jackson Historic District includes a well-preserved commercial corridor and many examples of architecture from the antebellum period. Other places of interest include the Centenary State Commemorative Area, Jackson Regional Museum, Feliciana Cellars Winery, and the National Landmarks of Port Hudson State Commemorative Area and the Parish Courthouse and Lawyers Row. Annual events include the Battle of Jackson Crossroads Reenactment, The Jackson Assembly Antiques Festival, The Feliciana Spring Sampler, and The Pecan Ridge Bluegrass Festival.


PRINCIPAL TOWNS

Clinton

Jackson

Norwood

Slaughter

Wilson

2009 MARDI GRAS

Mardi Gras

FESTIVALS

Highland Games of Louisiana

Red, White and Blueberry Festival

Brick Streets Fine Arts Festival

 

 

 
 
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