Fort Jesup kicks off Bicentennial celebration Feb. 25-26


The Sabine Parish Tourist Commission in partnership with the Louisiana Office of State Parks, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, the Friends of Fort Jesup and Cane River National Heritage Area announces the kick-off of the Bicentennial Celebration of Fort Jesup.

This article published in the Feb. 3, 2022, print edition

Set for Feb. 25-26th at Fort Jesup State Historic Site, the event will include living history demonstrations, cast-iron cooking, music and children’s activities that celebrate the culture of Louisiana’s Final Frontier.
Fort Jesup became part of the claims of both the United States and Spain. When the Louisiana
Purchase Treaty of 1803 failed to clearly define the western boundary of Louisiana, the United States and Spain claimed the area as their own. The dispute gave rise to the “Neutral Ground,” an area where the laws of neither nation were enforced. Soldiers and settlers were kept out, and rogues and outlaws ruled the region.
After the territorial boundary was fixed at the Sabine River by the Florida Purchase Treaty of 1819, the United States built Fort Jesup in 1822. Lt. Col. Zachary Taylor established and commanded the garrison and Taylor’s troops managed to establish law and order in the Neutral Ground. Fort Jesup remained an important military post for nearly 25 years.
The celebration begins Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m., featuring remarks from Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. The Louisiana State Fiddle Champion, Clancey Stewart, will perform and an authentic frontier lunch will be served after the ceremony. Living historians and re-enactors will demonstrate life on the Louisiana frontier. Local schools and homeschool groups are invited to participate. To reserve your group spot, contact Carrie McCormic at 318-256-4117.
The celebration continues Feb. 26 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with living history demonstrations, music and children’s activities. Both event days are open to the public. Admission will be charged Saturday.
Fort Jesup SHS is located just off Hwy. 6 near Many at 32 Geoghagan Road. For more information, contact Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at 1-800-358-7802 or