Historic Places in Vernon Parish - Louisiana's Legend Country

Historic Places

Vernon Parish features historic sites which tell the stories of its adventurous past, from Kisatchie's ancient caves to Civil War embankments, along with more recent heroes and outlaws. Take a stroll down our Historic Main Street area in Leesville and venture further out into the region beyond to take in all there is to see in Vernon Parish.


Holly Grove Methodist Church was founded in 1834 and is believed to be the oldest protestant church in continuous operation west of the... more

802 Holly Grove Road
Anacoco LA 71403

The Old Mitchell Graveyard is the first known cemetery to exist in Vernon Parish. Two Revolutionary War soldiers are known to be buried there.

Hwy. 111 East
Anacoco LA 71403

Burr's Ferry

The Civil War Breastworks at Burr Ferry were erected during the Civil War to protect Texas from invasion. They are one of the few remaining... more

Hwy 8
Burr's Ferry LA 70639

The Burr's Ferry Bridge was built in 1936-37 by the W. Horace Williams Company under the Works Progress Administration. It spans the Sabine River... more

LA Hwy. 8
Burr's Ferry LA 70639


The Talbert-Pierson Cemetery is next to Pine Grove Methodist Church. The cemetery contains some unusual wooden grave houses.  The origins of... more

Hwy 277
Cravens LA 70656

Fort Polk

The Fort Johnson Military Museum is housed in a new 3600-square-foot facility with objects and historical artifacts relating to Fort Polk history... more

7881 Mississippi Ave.
Fort Polk LA 71459

Fort Polk covers 198,963 acres in permanent building, housing, and training ranges. It was part of the famous "Louisiana Maneuvers" which took... more

Fort Polk LA 71459


The arrival of the railroads in west central Louisiana heralded the first major population boom in Vernon Parish. Trains made travel and... more

Hwy. 10
Fullerton LA 70642


The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs opened their second Veterans Cemetery in 2012. Located on two hundred acres donated by the U.S. Army... more

3348 University Parkway
Leesville LA 71446

The Ferguson House is a Victorian Style house once home to G.R. Ferguson, who was the General Manager for the Nona Mills Lumber Company. It is... more

406 N 6th St.
Leesville LA 71446

Built in the style popular for large commercial buildings at the beginning of the 20th century, the lower floor housed the First National Bank and... more

S. Third St.
Leesville LA 71446

The First United Methodist Church was established by the Methodist families of the Nona Mills Lumber Company. Built in the Mission / Spanish... more

202 N. 5th St.
Leesville LA 71446

When Vernon Parish was first created in 1871, Dr. Edmund E.
Smart donated a block of land for the first courthouse and
other city... more

201 South 3rd Street
Leesville LA 71446

The Lyons Building is Italianate in style. The flat roof, imposing
cornices, and arched windows combine to form one of
Leesville’s... more

115 South 3rd St.
Leesville LA 71446

The Benson H. Lyons House (c. 1900) is a large Queen Anne Revival style residence with prominent Eastlake features. The double wraparound gallery... more

203 South 1st St.
Leesville LA 71446

The distinguished Merchants and Farmers Bank building is built in the English Revival style. Hallmarks of this style are corner quoins and... more

120 S. Third St.
Leesville LA 71446

The Museum of West Louisiana is housed in the historic Leesville KCS Depot building.

From 1916 until 1968, the Kansas City Southern... more

803 South Third St.
Leesville LA 71446

Built in 1855, the Smart Plantation House is the oldest building in Leesville. It is a prime example of the Southern Planter architectural style.... more

301 S. First St.
Leesville LA 71446

Built by the W. P. A. (Works Progress Administration) during the Great Depression, the U.S. Post Office is built in the Art Deco style. Above two... more

303 S. Third St.
Leesville LA 71446

The Vernon Bank was located in the large commercial building built in 1907 by George R. Ferguson of Nona Mills Lumber Company. The bank portion of... more

Third Street
Leesville LA 71446