History, Heritage & Culture
Cassidy Park Museums (Temporarily Closed)
The Museums of Cassidy Park, The Pioneer Museum and the Museum of Native American Culture, exhibited artifacts and interpretive materials and programs relevant to the history of the City of Bogalusa, Louisiana and its surrounding communities.The two Museums were nearly destroyed in March 2016 by the devastating flooding that struck Bogalusa.
The salvaged collections were combined into a single location, just a few blocks from Cassidy Park. There are also satellite exhibits located at the Bogalusa Branch of the Washington Parish Library and Bogalusa City Hall. “Admission is Free”. Open weekends, Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm -4 pm.
RELOCATING back to Cassidy Park; reopening date to be announced
Varnado Store Museum
The D.A.Varnado Store is a century-old general store museum offering a glimpse of the past each weekend-dedicated to preserving local history and heritage. The two-story, century old structure was a hub for activity in the early days of Washington Parish as farmers came to town selling their produce and purchasing their needed supplies. The D. A. Varnado Museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Open weekends. Exhibits change bimonthly. Admission to the museum is free.
936 Pearl Street
Mile Branch Historical Settlement
Located on the Washington Parish Fairgrounds on the banks of the lovely stream from which the settlement takes its name, sits a collection of pioneer cabins built in the mid- to late 1800s and early 1900s. The Settlement began in 1976 as a tribute to the pioneering spirit of Washington Parish. During the annual Parish Fair you will see volunteers dressed in period costumes performing many daily chores such as cooking, quilting, weaving, and spinning. We encourage all visitors to closely observe each of the buildings that make up the Settlement. It is our hope that after examination you will leave with an increased knowledge of our early pioneer ancestors who worked so hard to achieve a livelihood and to carve out our beautiful Washington Parish. These cabins and other buildings were originally located throughout the piney woods of Washington Parish; however, they were actually many miles apart. They offer an educational experience of the way of life in the 1800s. For more information, visit the Washington Parish Free Fair web site.
Mile Branch Settlement is open three times each year during the Washington Parish Fair in the third week of October and during the Pioneer Christmas celebration, held the first weekend of December, and one day in Spring, usually in conjunction with the Antique Tractor Show. Group tours are now available during the year. Visits must be prearranged. Starting in September, 2017, Mile Branch Settlement will open on Fridays, 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. for Class and Group Tours. Cost is $5.00 per person. Anyone interested in scheduling a tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Parish Fairgrounds
Franklinton Community Theatre
Features one to two stage productions each season, formerly held at Franklinton JHS Auditorium, and more recently at the 1010 Club in dinner theater format. Past offerings have included a lavish production of “The Wizard of Oz” with a cast from all across Washington Parish, “A Greater Tuna”, “Dearly Departed”, “Saturday Night at Old Smokey”, and “Sister Act”. For more information, contact Rod Sabiston (985-848-5845).
Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm
Forestry is literally at the root of Washington Parish history, the timber industry. There are still many private tree farms in this area, keeping the history alive. This is a specialty grower.
Steele’s Christmas Tree Farm started back in 1979. They have persevered through fire and storm and still offer an experience that harkens back to old times, a family going out to cut their own Christmas tree. Operations have expanded to include more activities during the Holiday season, which opens Thanksgiving Day for approximately 4 weeks. Also added is Steele’s Fall Festival during the month of October with a Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo & more activities.
56459 Dollar Rd.
Angie, LA 70426