The Town of Jackson was founded in 1815, by act of the Louisiana legislature, as the parish seat for Feliciana Parish which covered all of the present day East and West Feliciana Parishes. The town was the first to be named for Andrew Jackson following his victory over the British at New Orleans the end of the War of 1812. Legend has it that General Jackson camped his Tennessee army contingents on Thompson’s Creek on his return from that battle. The rolling hills and verdant forests quickly made the area a popular retreat from the heat and yellow fever epidemics that plagued the New Orleans area, leading to the establishment of the College of Louisiana in 1825, the Louisiana Insane Asylum in 1848, Centenary College of Louisiana in 1845, and numerous schools for both young men and women--earning Jackson the title of "Athens of Louisiana". Jackson was the site of two Civil War battles in 1863 during the Union siege of Port Hudson. One of those battles is commemorated each year by the Battle of Jackson Crossroads reenactment. The Civil War ravished both the plantation system and the wealth of the area, causing Centenary College to move to Shreveport in 1908. During Jackson's prosperous years, almost every style and fashion of architecture was built in the town, which its people have carefully preserved in our National Register Historic District, established in 1980 and composed of over 100 structures.
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