The town of Washington boasts a rich, colorful history. In the 19th century, it was the largest steamboat port between New Orleans and St. Louis, primarily because of its bustling cotton, cattle and sugar export trade. This gave rise to the wealth of antebellum plantation homes and Victorian architecture that gives Washington its quaint character today.
Eighty percent of its buildings are of historical or architectural significance. Several of its cemeteries go back to the 1700s. Many of its old live oaks are recorded in the Louisiana Oak Society register. It's also a certified bird preserve, with some 237 species identified. The Thistlethewaite Wildlife Management Area just north of Washington offers 11,000 acres of birding and nature walks. It is included on America's Wetland Red River Birding Trail. It's a mecca for both history buffs and those looking for the one-of-a-kind experience Louisiana offers.
2020 will bring events to Washington including birding tours along the Bayou Courtableau, Main Street Festivals, and so much more.