Washington, Louisiana – A Taste of the 19th Century Louisiana

Washington, Louisiana – A Taste of the 19th Century Louisiana


Washington LA

It was founded in 1720 making this town the third oldest settlement in Louisiana. It was established as the trading post of French or the Poste des Opelousas. This town was named as the Church Landing because of the first church established in the district which was La Iglesia Paroquial de la Immaculada Conception del Puesto de Opelousas built in 1774. The land was supposed to be given to Jacques Courtableau but it was granted to Louis Buhot the “Guardian of the Church” who started to sell lands in 1822. The town was then incorporated in 1835.

In 1800s, Washington became the largest steamboat port, shipping different agricultural products from the region. In 1883, railroad came and the trading business declined. It was in 1900 that the last steamboat departed from the port, leaving the town with so much wealth and Victorian houses that can still be seen today.

Most buildings in Washington are labeled as significant artifacts of history. These original architectures are restored and preserved to represent Louisiana in nineteenth century. Washington has different ancient architectures that symbolize the rich heritage of the town. Commercial buildings made from bricks still spark interest to tourists and history enthusiasts. The ancient buildings and houses are in the National Historic Registry records, so the city strived to restore all of them.

Washington also has many old live oaks and even some of them are recorded in the Louisiana Live Oak Society. Beneath those oaks are plants that were famous 150 years ago.

Visitors who want to experience or have a taste of the past will never be disappointed with what Washington has to offer. It is considered your gateway to the 19th century Louisiana.

Discover more about Washington, Louisiana on Wikipedia.

The website TownOfWashingtonLA.org/wp has excellent resources.


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