Jeff Davis Tourist Commission
Enjoy food, music, festivals, birding, water sports and Cajun hospitality. Whether you are seeking a vacation destination to escape the stresses of everyday life or looking for a warm, gracious community to reside in, look no further than Jeff Davis Parish. The coffee is on and your Louisiana experience awaits you! Please contact Alice or Vickey for tourist information or a free Jeff Davis Parish Tour Guide. Contact Dione for marketing or tour information. ATTRACTIONS Your escape to the tranquility of our backyard should include a visit to one or more of these unique places of interest. Some will enlighten you while others will simply entertain you, but all will be offered up to you with our genuine bayou hospitality. GATOR CHATEAU (ALLIGATOR HOUSE) See live alligators in an open-air enclosure. Air-conditioned viewing area also available in which several baby alligators are housed. CHILDREN'S TELEPHONE MUSEUM An interactive learning experience centered around a number of communication and historical telelphone exhibits. Children learn about the science of communication and the development of telephone technology while playing with their friends and classmates. The museum is designed for a controlled, yet imaginative experience for children of all ages. LACASSINE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Established in 1937 as a haven for wildlife, the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge is strategically located at the southern end of the Mississippi and Central Flyways. It preserves one of the major wintering grounds for waterfowl in the United States. Peak populations reach over 300,000 ducks and 80,000 geese. Also inhabiting the refuge are armadillos, swamp rabbits, fox squirrels, nutria, mink, otters, raccoons, coyotes, white-tailed deer and a large population of the American alligator. Hunting and fishing are permitted at designated times on the 34,878-acre site. The refuge is home to many types of common freshwater fish such as black bass, crappie, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, largemouth bass, striped bass, and blue catfish. The Illinois Plant Road, just south of Hayes off La. 14 leads to a 16,000-acre marsh impoundment called the Lacassine Pool, complete with boat launch, parking area, shelters, and handicapped accessible fishing piers. In addition to duck hunting and fishing, other activities allowed at the refuge are hiking, biking, berry-picking, wildlife observation, boating, crawfishing, and deer hunting; however, some restrictions do apply. The refuge is open year-round, seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. W. H. TUPPER GENERAL MERCHANDISE MUSEUM If you've ever wondered what life was like 50 years ago, take a step back in time at the W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum. You can visit an authentic country store which operated in rural Jeff Davis Parish from 1910-1949. The original store, located about 12 miles north of Jennings, was opened during the Great Depression to serve the large number of farm workers in the area. It sold everything- groceries, medicines, meat, hardware, dry goods, and even clothing. A realistic capsule of early 20th century lifestyle, the museum features antique toys, newspapers, games, hats, fashions, sewing notions, fabric, patent medicine, school supplies, and hardware. The Tupper Store also served as the area's post office. The Tupper Museum, located at 311 North Main Street in Jennings, is open year-round Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. ZIGLER MUSEUM One wouldn't expect to find a museum of this caliber in a rural community the size of Jennings. But, as a result of the dreams of Ruth B. Zigler, the wife of Jennings industrialist Fred B. Zigler, Jennings is proud to be the home of one of the finest art galleries between New Orleans and Houston. The Zigler Museum is a colonial-style structure that has been enlarged by the addition of two gallery wings. The west wing contains a fine arts collection by European and American artists. The original collection began with a mere 20 works of art; the collection has since grown to include over 200 works of art, wood and bronze sculptures, a collection of American art glass, and the National Audubon Society-Abbeville Press facsimile of John James Audubon's Double Elephant Portfolio on the Birds of North America. The museum also has the largest private collection of works by William Tolliver. The east wing features colorful and realistic southwestern Louisiana wildlife dioramas. A rotating exhibit of guest artists is on display throughout the year in the central gallery. During the Christmas holidays, the museum - with the assistance of local businesses - becomes a Winter Wonderland with a spectacular Christmas tree exhibit. The museum, located at 411 Clara Street in Jennings, is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. It is closed major holidays.
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