Tallulah

Tallulah is in rural northeast Louisiana, on I-20 between Monroe and the Mississippi state line. This is prime cotton-growing country, with miles of agricultural land that has been enriched by sediment from the Mississippi River for a very, very long time.

Tallulah was developed by settlers moving in from other Southern states as long ago as 1830. Their attraction to Tallulah and its surroundings: Farming. Cotton plantations were built here, which made Tallulah a target of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Many, if not most, of the plantation homes in Madison Parish (of which Tallulah is the parish seat) were destroyed, though one house that was part of the Kell Plantation — named Hermione, built in 1855 — survived, and is today a museum that's open to the public.

Other attractions in Tallulah include the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, a hardwood bottomland preserve where you'll find an incredible diversity of bird life; and the Southern Heritage Air Foundation museum.