The Town of Jackson was founded in 1815, by act of the Louisiana Legislature, as the parish seat for Feliciana Parish which covered all of the present day East and West Feliciana Parishes. The town was the first to be named after Andrew Jackson following his victory over the British at New Orleans at the end of the War of 1812. In fact, Jackson was reported to have camped his Tennessee army contingents on Thompson Creek on his return from that battle. The Town of Jackson was the site of two Civil War battles fought in 1863 during the Union siege of Port Hudson–one of these battles is commemorated each year with the Battle of Jackson Crossroads reenactment. The rolling hills and verdant vegetation quickly made the area a popular retreat from the heat and yellow fever epidemics that plagued the New Orleans area, leading to the establishment of the College of Louisiana in 1825, the Louisiana Insane Asylum in 1848, Centenary College of Louisiana in 1845, and numerous finishing schools for both young men and women, earning Jackson the title of “Athens of the South”. The Civil War ravished both the plantation culture and the wealth of the area, causing Centenary College to move to Shreveport in 1908. During the period of 1815 to 1908, almost every style and fashion of architecture was built in Jackson, which the town and its people have carefully preserved in our National Register Historic District, established in 1980. If you are looking for the quiet and contentment of a simpler time, visit Historic Jackson and spend a few days with us. You are always welcome!