Welcome to the official Web site for
the City of Franklin, located in South
Louisiana with the winding Bayou Teche
flowing through the heart of our city.
Founded in 1808 as Carlin's
Settlement, Franklin became the parish
seat for St. Mary Parish in 1811 and the
first incorporated town in 1820.
The Bayou Teche became a conduit for
steamboats carrying trade goods of the
day. Numerous sugar plantations
arose in the area, and Franklin became
an interior sugar port. The area
produces oil, gas, carbon black, salt,
seafood and, of course, sugar.
After the Civil War, lumber became
the major industry with 11 saw mills
operating along the Teche by 1869.
The business district along Main Street
expanded to include hotels, commercial
establishments and antebellum homes.
I invite you to come and visit with
us for a few days "Under the Lampposts."
Here you will find a city rich in
history with one of the most diverse and
culturally enriched populations for a
city its size. Our citizens will
welcome you like family and make you
feel right at home.
A must for our visitors is a
leisurely drive down our beautiful East
Main boulevard. You will feel like
you stepped back in time when you are
greeted with the site of antebellum
homes and Spanish moss hanging from the
limbs of hundred-year-old stately oak
trees. East Main Street retains
its distinctive turn-of-the-century
grandeur and is something you don't want
to miss. The Historic District is
listed in the National Register of
Historic Places and encompasses over 420
Tourists will enjoy a stroll along
Main Street "Under the Lamppost" in
downtown Franklin. Here we proudly
display lampposts, which are replicas of
the original lampposts from many years
ago. You will find several
locally-owned shops--each with their own
unique inventory. The shop owners,
displaying their Southern hospitality,
love to visit with our tourists and tell
them all about our quaint little city.
We are proud of our very own venue
for cultural enrichment, The Teche
Theatre for the Performing Arts, which
is owned by the City of Franklin and
leased to the Teche Theatre for the
Performing Arts Board and Players.
This historic building was restored to
its original grandeur and is maintained
by the all-volunteer board.
Several productions each year are
offered to the community.
For the outdoor sportsman, you can
fish, canoe, kayak or water ski along
the Bayou Teche.
If you need further information on
local attractions in our community,
please feel free to contact us.
We look forward to your visit!
Eugene P. Foulcard