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Louisiana Parishes

Louisiana is divided into sixty-four parishes. On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes, without getting rid of the old counties (which continued to exist until 1845). In 1811, a constitutional convention organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term has been parishes.

West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

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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.

Etymology - Origin of West Feliciana Parish Name

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.


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West Feliciana County History

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.

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Wilkinson County, Miss.
  • East: East Feliciana Parish
  • Southeast: East Baton Rouge Parish
  • South: West Baton Rouge Parish
  • Southwest: Pointe Coupee Parish
  • Northwest: Avoyelles Parish; Concordia Parish


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