ABOUT OUR LOCATION
Jackson received its present name in 1816 in honor of Andrew Jackson, the recent victor over the British in the battle of New Orleans, who passed through on his way home after the battle. The town has over 120 historic buildings, many relating to its early importance as a center of higher education, a banking center and the original seat of government for the Felicianas, and since the 1840s the site of the East Louisiana State Hospital.
ON SITE ATTRACTIONS
Republic of West Florida Museum, featuring a varied collection of Civil War artifacts, classic automobiles, ship models, antique cameras and farm implements, and a beautifully restored 1926 Wurlitzer theatre organ.
Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders Association, featuring extensive N-scale, O-scale, HO-scale and G-scale train layouts. Open on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and by appointment.
Centenary State Historic Site
Original site of Centenary College, (1832-1908); the oldest campus of higher learning in Louisiana. Used as a hospital during the siege of Port Hudson. Guided tours and picnic facilities available.
NEARBY PLACES OF INTEREST
Feliciana Cellars Winery (.2 mile)
Spanish mission style structure. Award winning wines made and sold on site. Gift shop, tours, picnic tables.
Old Centenary Inn (.2 mile)
Eight elegantly furnished romantic fantasy suites and ballroom.
Milbank House (.3 mile)
Elegant 1836 antebellum mansion now open as a bed & breakfast.
Southern Belle Antiques and train car (.5 mile)
Kansas City Southern dining car available for group functions adjacent to antiques shop.
The Bluffs (5 miles)
Arnold Palmer designed golf course and residential community.
Audubon State Historic Site (8 miles)
Site of Oakley Plantation where John James Audubon painted a number of his famous bird paintings. Tours and picnic facilities available.
Rosedown Plantation (12 miles)
28 acres of formal gardens surrounding a magnificently appointed antebellum home.
Port Hudson State Historic Site (14 miles)
Last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River and site of the longest siege in American military history. Visitor center, hiking trails, picnic facilities.
PLACES TO EAT
The Surrey Restaurant at Bear Corners (.3 mile)
Subway Sandwiches (.3 mile)
Bobby's Drive Inn (.5 mile)
FOR MORE INFORMATION
East Feliciana Office of Tourism
West Feliciana Tourist Commission