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Plaquemines Parish, founded in 1807, is Louisiana’s most southern parish following the last 70 miles of the Mississippi River terminating at the Gulf of Mexico. The name Plaquemines comes from a Native American word for persimmons, ‘piakimin’, a citrus bearing tree found by the thousands in this area at the time of the French Europeans’ arrival.
The French constructed a crude fort in 1699 near the mouth of the Mississippi River and by 1721 had erected a 62 foot high marker visible to ships as they traveled up and down the river. After the war of 1812, Andrew Jackson issued an order for a more formidable fort to be constructed in order to protect the town of New Orleans upriver. In 1822 Fort Jackson was completed in Buras and was used by Confederate troops during the American Civil War (1861-1865). It is one of three National Historic Landmarks located with-in the parish.
As of 2013, the population in Plaquemines Parish was approx. 23,500, with over half living in the town of Belle Chasse, located at the top of the parish and closest to the city of New Orleans. It is the largest unincorporated town in Plaquemines Parish. Traveling South on Highway 23, you will pass through many small towns, ie; Ironton, Myrtle Grove, Lake Hermitage, Triumph, Boothville, Buras, Braithwaite, Duvic, Phoenix, Pilot town, Nairn, Port Sulphur, just to name a few. Many of these small towns have no more than 5000 residents each.
The Woodland Plantation, an antebellum mansion in West Pointe a La Hache (French for hatchet or ax point), is now a Bed n Breakfast and is one of five sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also graces the front of the Southern Comfort bottle of whiskey. Plaquemines parish produces an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables; Satsuma’s, creole tomatoes, oranges, tangerines, mandarins and kumquats to name a few. You know you are in Plaquemines parish by the numerous roadside fruit and vegetable stands lining Highway 23 (aka Belle Chasse Hwy.), which runs through the center of the Parish shadowing the route of the mighty Mississippi River to its end point, the Gulf of Mexico.
Every year, in December, Plaquemines celebrates their fruit harvest with the Plaquemines Parish Orange Festival, held at Fort Jackson, in Buras, Louisiana. Begun in 1947, to promote the growing and selling of the parishes citrus crops. Over the years there have been many freezes and hurricanes that have threatened this parish resource. The persistence of the people and the government to replant every year, has resulted in a strong and viable citrus industry.
Blessed by a multitude of water ways — Intercostal Canal, Mississippi River, lakes, bayous, Gulf of Mexico — seafood exportation is a bountiful business in Plaquemines Parish. It is celebrated every May, in Belle Chasse, with the Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival. The areas rich music heritage and its cuisine are showcased and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Belle Chasse is home to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans which is the headquarters for the Louisiana Air Force National Guard and the 159th Fighter Wing.
Belle Chasse offers several attractive neighborhoods and subdivisions. Off Woodland Highway you can find some of the finer homes nestled in gated and semi-gated communities such as, Springwood Estates, Noble Manor, Pleasant Ridge, Baily Estates and the Parks of Plaquemines.
Some of the best seafood on the Westbank can be found in Belle Chasse. Salvos Seafood Restaurant, Adams Catfish House, Zydeco’s Cajun Restaurant, Meme’s New Orleans Café and Lady Grace Seafood. At the Dairy Dip your can get a really good burger and one of their famous Sundae’s for dessert. Try the freshest sushi at Asahi Sushi Bar. Grab some Chinese from Lucky Gardens or Beijing Chinese Restaurant.