The rivers and lakes of Livingston Parish once served as watery highways for lumber, and they remain the framework for a community of small cities and rural villages. The early Creole influence in the parish is evident in the name of one of its towns, French Settlement, where visitors can explore local history at the Creole House Museum. Ever culturally diverse, the town of Hungarian Settlement, near Albany, is of course, the cradle of local Hungarian heritage. It hosts the Hungarian Harvest Dance each October and supports ethnic markets and bakeries. Denham Springs has developed a robust antiques shopping district and draws vendors from around the region for its April antiques festival. Tickfaw State Park, near Springfield, has campsites, boating and a boardwalk spanning four distinct ecosystems. Livingston is also home to a scientific research center open for educational tours—one of the nation's two Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatories.