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Livingston Parish

Map of Livingston ParishSurrounded by sluggish bayous and supple pines is Livingston Parish, carved from the southern half of St. Helena Parish and established in 1832.

During the French and Spanish colonial period in Louisiana, the English established trading posts and settled on Lake Maurepas and the Amite River, waterways that transverse the parish.

Evidence of these early settlements are present today when traveling north of Highway 190, where the population consists principally of Anglo-Saxon Protestants, while south of the highway French Catholics comprise the predominant group.

DOTD Tourism Map of Livingston ParishThe early residents of Livingston Parish lived on subsistence farms, rarely needing to make purchases.  They raised poultry, swine, cows, and various cash crops including corn, sweet potatoes, rice, sugarcane, oats, peas, and cotton, the most lucrative of all.  Fishing, hunting, and trapping were also vital to their livelihood.  The bulk of Livingston’s revenues, however, came and still come from the forestry industry.  Until the completion of a railroad system in 1908, the nearby waterways of the Amite, Tickfaw, and Natalbany rivers were used as highways for shipment of their products, including millions of feet of lumber.  With the decline of sawmills in the twentieth century, many of the once thriving railroad communities have resorted to small villages.

Livingston Parish is home to largest Hungarian settlement in the state, beautiful bed & breakfast establishments, an antique village, and some of the best Cajun and Creole cuisine in Louisiana.  Those needing an escape from the hectic city life are sure to enjoy Livingston and the festivals it offers.

by Alana A. Carmon

 

Principle Towns

Denham Springs

French Settlement

Hungarian Settlement

Livingston

Springfield

Walker

Livingston Parish Tourism Commission

Events and Festivals

The Creole Festival (French Settlement)

Old South Jamboree (Denham Springs)

Denham Springs Antique District Spring Festival

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

Creole House Museum (French Settlement)

The Carter Plantation House (Springfield)

Hungarian Museum (Albany)

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Tickfaw State Park

Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Lagniappe

Livingston Parish Library

Livingston Parish Courthouses

LSU AgCenter