East Feliciana Parish Economic Development District
The historic and quaint towns of East Feliciana Parish were settled in the early 1800s. Some of the South's best examples of Greek Revival, Victorian and Carolina style architecture. Many of the wealthy residents constructed lavish mansions with the finest furniture from America and Europe. East Feliciana Parish is a beautiful area of Louisiana that reflects the true charm and grandeur that is the South.
The East Feliciana Parish Courthouse, built-in 1840, and Lawyer's Row are National Historic Landmarks in East Feliciana Parish, and there are hundreds of historic buildings scattered throughout the Parish (most privately owned), 28 of which are on the National Historic Register. The Historic Town of Clinton is home to the growing and successful Main Street shopping district and Clinton Community Market.
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.
This is the site of the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. Nearly 6,800 Confederate troops were held under siege by Union troops for 48 days. The siege became the longest true siege in American military history. The site also is one of the earliest uses of African American troops in combat.
Centenary State Historic Site is run by the Louisiana Office of State Parks. It is a rather young location among the state's parks, and there is much that can yet be done to make it more educationally profitable. It serves not only as a glimpse into the past of Centenary College of Louisiana but to early education in Louisiana, Civil War medicine, the founding of Jackson, and other topics of local and state history.
The world of model railroading is a fascinating and fun place. Millions of people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds feel a camaraderie in watching and running these remembrances of earlier times. Children beam as colorful trains race through miniature worlds for their amusement. Imagination soars as eyes roam over the detailed landscapes, finding new and exciting scenes at every glance. Truly, model railroading brings us all together!
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