It is my pleasure to welcome you to the official Web site for the City of Franklin. Our town is located in Franklin, Louisiana, along the Bayou Teche in St. Mary Parish.

Originally known as Carlin's Settlement, the City of Franklin (then Town of Franklin) was founded in 1808 and was ideally located for development as a trading center and port of entry. Sugar cane and lumber were the major exports, and the bayou was the conduit for steamboats carrying trade goods of the day. After the Civil War, lumber became the major industry with 11 saw mills operating along the Teche by 1869. Main Street became the site of the town's earliest development, and the business district expanded to include hotels, commercial establishments and antebellum homes.

Today, the City of Franklin has a romantic character, a rich history and culture emblematic of our multi-ethnic heritage. It is recognized for its picturesque Historic District of antebellum homes and Victorian properties with stately oak trees. Spanish moss and period lampposts are the epitome of a relaxed and friendly southern Louisiana town, showcasing its diverse cultural heritage, arts and bayou recreation. Franklin's historic fabric is not only a link to the past, but a key to its future.

The citizens of Franklin are resilient and hard working. We pride ourselves on being ready to lend a helping hand and extending our Southern hospitality, especially in times of natural disaster and crisis. We stem from a proud ancestral lineage, forming the heart and soul of our deep-seated Cajun and Creole traditions.

Franklin is engaging in an ambitious plan to revitalize our downtown Historic District. The first item on our agenda is to restore the Center Theater, which dates back to the 1930s, and focus on city center redevelopment. The idea is to create a hub of public activity by facilitating community space and instilling a sense of local quality of life and pride. The second item, and a no less important one, is to create a tourist destination attraction by accentuating our unique historic district and natural geography.

We hope that you will keep us mind when passing through Louisiana and visit our lovely city.

If you should require additional information on our community, please feel free to contact us.

Raymond Harris
Mayor, City of Franklin, Louisiana


Mayor Eugene P. Foulcard

300 Iberia Street
Franklin, LA  70538
Voice:  337-828-6305



Tammy Rogers

Administrative Assistant




Karen Leblanc

Director of Administration