by Carl A. Brasseaux
in the heart of Louisiana's piney hill country, Union
Parish was established by the Louisiana legislature on March 13, 1839.
Union Parish's economy is based upon forestry, agriculture, and light
industry. Union Parish offers visitors
a broad variety of cultural and environmental attractions. Farmerville,
the parish seat, is home of the annual D'Arbonne Arts Festival and Watermelon
Festival (July) and Black History Parade (February). The town of Bernice,
which boasts the Depot Museum, hosts a Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch, the Arts
in the Park festival (April), a historical tour (June), the Corney Creek
Porkfest/Louisiana Pork Cookoff (October), and the Corney Creek Christmas.
community of Marion sponsors the Mayhaw Festival. Lake D'Arbonne, the
Union Wildlife Management Area, and the D'Arbonne National Wildlife
Refuge provide ample opportunities for boating, water sports, and fishing.