Nestled in a nearly forgotten corner of rural Louisiana stands a testament to time, faith, and nature's reclaiming touch.
The Cottonwood Church was first built around 1880 on land bought from the Clarks. The cemetery is still located in that area. A new larger church was built in 1905 and the original church taken own. Services were held once a month in those days. We don’t have details of the early days because the church records were burned in a fire in 1925.
East Carroll Parish is a parish located in the Mississippi Delta in northeastern Louisiana, part of what was called the Natchez District of cotton parishes. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,759. The parish seat is Lake Providence An area of cotton plantations in the antebellum era, the parish in the early 21st century has about 74% of its land devoted to agriculture.
John Lewis the Pirate
It is believed John hid his treasure in his grave before his demise. That would explain why it is dug down so deep. Apparently therehad been a 2,000 acre plantation & this cemetery is the last remaining relic. It is said he was a general in the Civil War & he had a hatred for Cajuns. He'd forbade his family from mingling with Cajuns & homeschooled them. One of his daughters, Mary, had fallen in love with a Cajun boy & John wouldn't lety them be together. In grief she hanged herself. Her headstone is among the pics below.
Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons that from the end of the 14th century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients.
Minden was established in 1836 by Charles Peeter. Native sons include Gene Austin and Louis Dunbar.
Dubach is a town in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 961 at the 2010 census, an increase from 800 in 2000. Dubach High School, located centrally in the town, is noted for fielding good athletic teams in basketball and often defeats teams from much larger towns and cities. Dubach is also known as the "Dogtrot Capital of the World" because of the presence of numerous nearby dogtrot houses. Dubach is part of the Ruston Micropolitan Statistical Area. ~ Wikipedia
Ascension Parish Negro Fairgrounds
I've had this church on my list for awhile & it is still locked up, so no inside shots. I wasn't aware right next door were fairgrounds established as the Ascension Parish Negro Fairgrounds. There isn't much left & I shot the only standing building left. There was a bit of a playground with some people on it so I didn't shoot it. Established in 1950, some citizens established the place to encourage farming in the community. Here's a link to one of the only web sites about the place. ~ https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=85750
Chinn-Scott Chapel United Methodist | Pointe Coupee Parish Louisiana - c. 1890 The land wasn't signed over to the church until 1903. The Platt Family carved half an acre from their plantation and sold it to the church for $100.