Founded in 1912
Jeff Davis Parish is comprised of the cities and towns of Elton, Jennings, Lake Arthur and Welsh, and the village of Fenton. Diversified farming - rice, cotton, sweet potatoes, corn, and other crops, as well as livestock - contribute to the agricultural heritage of this rural community.
Points of Interest
- Tour Bayou Rum - a state-of-the-art distillery set on 22 acres featuring a 109-year-old farmhouse, natural pond and a sugar cane field, to see firsthand how their rum is pasteurized, fermented, distilled, aged, bottled and served.
- View a 200-piece fine art collection characterized by European and American artists at the Ziegler Museum, including stunning sculptures, art glass, wildlife dioramas, the largest private collection of works by William Tolliver and more.
- Interact with live alligators at Gator Chateau, also known as Alligator House, where rescued adult and baby alligators are fostered until they can be returned to their natural habitat.
- Drive, bike, canoe, kayak and bird watch along the 55-mile Flyway Byway that loops through the parish, home to 160 bird species.
- Hunt or fish the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, home to ducks, geese, armadillos, swamp rabbits, fox squirrels, nutria, mink, otters, raccoons, coyotes, white-tailed deer, alligators and common freshwater fish.
- Learn everything about Louisiana’s favorite food from harvest to consumption at Tietje Crawfish Farm.