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Ascension Parish, Louisiana

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Ascension Parish (French: Paroisse de l'Ascension) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish was created in 1807.

During the American Civil War, desertions had been of major concern to the Confederate States Army. Henry Watkins Allen, before he was governor, reported more than eight thousand deserters and draft-dodgers about Bayou Teche. There were some 1,200 deserters in Livingston, St. Tammany, and Ascension parishes.

Planters in Ascension Parish later complained of raids by guerrillas. In 1864, planter W.R. Hodges requested soldiers to protect the planted fields from such attacks. Union soldiers were accused of "wandering about at will, and helping themselves . . . to whatever could be found," explains the historian John D. Winters in his "The Civil War in Louisiana" (1963).

During the historic 2016 Louisiana Floods, around one-third of all homes in Ascension Parish were flooded. 15,000 homes and businesses took on water, mostly in the Galvez-St. Amant area, prompting a visit to St. Amant by then-presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump.

Ascension Parish is one of the 22 parishes that make up Acadiana, the heartland of the Cajun people and their culture. This is exhibited by the prevalence of the French or Cajun French language heard throughout the parish, as well as the many festivals celebrated by its residents, including the Boucherie Festival, Lagniappe Music and Seafood Festival, Crawfish Festival, and the world-famous Jambalaya Festival. The largest city in Ascension Parish, Gonzales, is celebrated as the "Jambalaya Capital of the World".

Adjacent Parishes

For a complete list of Other Communities, please see Wikipedia.

Cities & Towns

  • Donaldsonville (Parish Seat)
  • Gonzales
  • Lemannville
  • Prairieville
  • Sorrento


Cemeteries of Louisiana



Bocage Plantation

Houmas House

St. Emma Plantation

Chatham Plantation

Burnside Plantation

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