Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History

Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History

by Cheré Dastugue Coen

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Forest Hill boasts one of the largest nursery industries in the country, despite its tiny population. In the early days, the community was a summer retreat for plantation owners. The lumber industry rolled into town with the railroad, which eased the transportation of virgin timber. By 1901, the nurseries had emerged after Samuel Stokes began selling a variety of plants from his woods. Today, more than two hundred nurseries are in operation, many by the families who founded them. Author Chere Dastugue Coen reveals the deep roots of this horticultural hub.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625852311
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Series: Brief History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Chere Dastugue Coen is an award-winning freelance journalist and author living in Lafayette, Louisiana. A native of New Orleans, Chere began her career in communications at the 1984 World's Fair and has since written for numerous regional, national and international publications. Her nonfiction includes "Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana, " "Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana" and "Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets with Jude Bradley."

Table of Contents

Foreword Charles "Chuck" Elliott 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 The Early Settlement of Forest Hill 17

2 The Timber Industry 35

3 Forest Hill Becomes a Town 53

4 The Great Outdoors 65

5 The Depression Years 71

6 Camp Claiborne and World War II 81

7 Growth of the Nursery Industry 93

8 The Boom Years 111

9 Taking Over Education 121

10 Forest Hill Today 127

11 Notable Forest Hill Residents 139

Appendix: Forest Hill Churches and Cemeteries 147

Notes 153

Bibliography 159

Index 169

About the Author 175

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