One facet of Louisiana that makes it such an appealing visitor destination is its deep and colorful history. European explorers found their way to the region and inhabited the area very early relative to settlement of much of the rest of the continent. As a result, some communities in Louisiana are among the oldest in the United States. Before those explorers arrived, of course, people we now know as Native Americans populated the region. Reaching still farther back in time, ancient peoples left their mark on the area thousands of years ago. The state of Louisiana offers many ways to explore the region’s rich history, in hundreds of museums, historic structures, landmarks, artifacts and works of art. The careful preservation and restoration of these sites and artifacts has created many rare opportunities for visitors to experience Louisiana’s history and gain insights into the diverse cultures that continue to influence the state today.
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 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.