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West Feliciana Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,625. The parish seat
is St. Francisville. The parish was established in 1824.
Feliciana Parish was one of two 19th-century Louisiana parishes to be divided into East and West, the other being Carroll Parish.
West Feliciana Parish is part of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The parish was named in honor of Felicite de G?vez, the wife of Bernardo de G?vez, a Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Feliciana Parish was formed in 1810 from Spanish West Florida, The area of Feliciana Parish had grown so populated that by 1824, it was divided into East Feliciana and West Feliciana in 1824. West Feliciana Parish was created on 1824, from Feliciana Parish and the parish was named in honor of Felicite de G?vez, the wife of Bernardo de G?vez, a Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory. The Parish seat is St. Francisville.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 426 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 403 square miles (1,040 km2) is
land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (5.3%) is water.
The parish is located on the Mississippi River, and is bordered by Pointe Coupee Parish to the west and East Feliciana Parish to the east. The parish is about 30 miles (48 km) north of Baton Rouge and about 60 miles (97 km) south of Natchez, Mississippi.
The area - including references to the loess soil and Louisiana State Penitentiary - was used by Walker Percy as the setting for his last novel, The Thanatos Syndrome.
Bordering parishes and counties are as follows: