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St. Helena Parish

Map of St. Helena ParishSt. Helena Parish is the most rural of the Florida Parishes.  Although St. Helena has a population of over 9,600 (2000 census), it is has no community with at least a thousand residents.

DOTD Tourism Map of St. Helena Parish

Early St. Helena Parish settlers included French and Spanish colonists.  At the close of the American Revolution additional settlers emigrated from the eastern states of Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas.  For the most part, settlements were usually made along waterways.

Established in 1810, St. Helena was quite prosperous during the antebellum period.  More than half of the parish’s households owned slaves, a significantly larger proportion as compared with the rest of the South.  Prior to the Civil War, cotton was the chief crop and mainstay of the economy.  Today, St. Helena’s economy is based on forestry and the dairy and truck farming industries.

St. Helena Parish offers many interesting landmarks and tourist attractions.  Some of these locations include the Old parish jail, the Florida Parish Land Office Building, Grangeville Moto Cross, Fluker’s Bluff, Merryda Downs, Chipola Motto Cross, Crown Zellerbach Land, and the International Paper Company.  Montpelier Park and the Pine Grove Area Hunting Preserve are available for recreation purposes.

by Alana A. Carmon

Principle Towns

Greensburg

Montpelier

St. Helena Parish Tourism Commission

Events and Festivals

St. Helena Parish Forest Festival (Greensburg)

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

St. Helena Old Jail (Greensburg)

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Hutchinson Creek Wildlife Management Area

Lagniappe

St. Helena Historical Society

St. Helena Parish Library

St. Helena Parish Courthouses

LSU AgCenter