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Tangipahoa Parish

Map of Tangipahoa ParishThe youngest of the Florida Parishes, Tangipahoa was established in 1869.  DOTD Tourism Map of Tangipahoa ParishSt. Helena, St. Tammany, Livingston, and Washington Parishes all contributed territory to its formation.

The area’s early settlers emigrated from South Carolina and Georgia in the late eighteenth century.  During the nineteenth century, particularly after the Civil War, many northerners were attracted by the mild climate and rich pinelands and settled Tangipahoa in sizeable numbers.  Hence, the parish is a blending of several cultures: English, Scottish, Irish, and Italian.

Immigrants of Italian ancestry introduced the growing of strawberries, a crop that has earned Hammond the title of "Strawberry Capital of the World."  Tangipahoa’s economy is also based on truck farming, dairy farming, and the forestry industry.

Also known as the "Festival Capital of Louisiana," Tangipahoa Parish hosts many festivals throughout the year celebrating agriculture and local culture.  Some of the celebrations include the annual Strawberry and Oyster festivals; Old Farmer's Day; Octoberfest; and the Italian and Black Heritage festivals.  Louisiana Civil War history is kept alive at the Camp Moore Confederate Museum, the site of a main training station during the war.  Wilderness also abounds in Tangipahoa, with a 1000-foot swamp walk at Manchac Swamp, an alligator farm, and a 900-acre exotic animal safari.

by Alana A. Carmon

 

Principle Towns

Amite City

Hammond

Independence

Kentwood

Ponchatoula

Tangipahoa Parish Tourism Commission

Events and Festivals

Oktoberfest (Ponchatoula)

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

Tangipahoa Black Heritage Festival

Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

Old Farmer's Day (Loranger)

Amite Oyster Festival

 

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

Kentwood Museum

Collinswood School Museum (Ponchatoula)

Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum (Hammond)

Camp Moore Museum and Cemetery (Tangipahoa)

Zemurray Gardens Lodge Complex (Loranger)

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Global Wildlife Center

Joyce Wildlife Management Area

Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Sandy Hollow Wildlife Management Area

Tangipahoa Parish School Board

 

Lagniappe

Columbia Theatre (Hammond)

Gnarly Barley Brewing (Hammond)

Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond)

Louisiana Chilren's Discovery Center (Hammond)

Deep South Antique & Wine Trail

Tangipahoa Parish Library

Tangipahoa Parish Courthouses

LSU AgCenter