The town of Franklinton, located in Washington Parish became the permanent parish seat in July 1826. The area’s history included a strong lumber industry that logged the Piney Woods of the area.
Today, Franklinton’s small-town charm can be experienced at events like the Washington Parish Free Fair. Beginning in 1911, its the second oldest fair in Louisiana. On the fairgrounds, is the historic Mile Branch Settlement. This collection of pioneer log cabins, originally built throughout the Parish and later relocated, date back to 1850.
Festivals happen in the area all year-round with Pioneer Christmas, Mardi Gras, Great Southern Bluegrass Festival and more.
The gorgeous rolling hills and huge waterways of the area are also a main attraction. Visit Bogue Chitto State Park for hiking, fishing, camping, boating, tubing and more. The area’s farms offer pick-your-own blueberries and the area is known for its thriving watermelon patches, dairy farms and locally grown produce.