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St. John the Baptist Parish History
St. John the Baptist Parish was established in 1807 as one of the original 19 parishes of the Territory of Orleans, which became the state of Louisiana

The parish seat is Edgard, an unincorporated area, and the largest city is LaPlace, which is also unincorporated.

On January 8, 1811, the largest slave insurrection in US history, known as the German Coast Uprising, started here. More than 200 slaves gathered from plantations along the river and marched through St. Charles Parish toward New Orleans in the short-lived insurrection.

Census-designated Places
Edgard ~ Garyville ~ LaPlace ~ Pleasure Bend ~ Reserve ~ Wallace

Unincorporated Communities

Mount Airy ~ Welcome

Ghost Towns
Ruddock ~ Frenier

In September 1915, the 1915 New Orleans Hurricane hit Ruddock and the nearby town of Frenier, destroying the towns and killing some of the residents. Today, Ruddock and Frenier are ghost towns in the parish which have been overgrown by vegetation; all that remains of the settlements are rotted wood from the buildings.  The former towns are marked on an I-55 exit sign and on Louisiana road maps.


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Website Updates:
Nov 2017: biographies for ARROYO, BECNEL, BOUGERE, CHAUFF, EDRINGTON, HAYDEL, HIMEL, HYMEL, KELLER, LAPLACE, LAWTON., LE GOURGEOIS, MARTIN, MIALARET, PERRET, REINE, ROUSEELL, SCHOLESSER, VOISIN.   Obit for DOHERTY, DeMENTOES, CHAUFF

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Surrounding Parishes and Counties
Tangipahoa Parish (north)
St. Charles Parish (southeast)
Lafourche Parish (south)
St. James Parish (west)
Ascension Parish (northwest)
Livingston Parish (northwest)


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