Fort Jesup kicks off Bicentennial Celebration

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is presented with an original brick from Fort Jesup State Historic Site by Aly Tarver and Hannah Flynn - Fort Jesup Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution

Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA) joined the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Louisiana State Parks and the Friends of Fort Jesup Feb. 25 in celebrating the kick-off of Fort Jesup’s Bicentennial Celebration.  
Over 200 years ago, in 1822, The United States established Fort Jesup to provide protection for settlers in western Louisiana and to prevent Spanish claims to the territory formally known as No Man’s Land. While the fort was only open for a relatively short period of time, the work of the soldiers stationed there and the interaction they had with the settlers in this region left an indelible legacy we can still see on the land.

This article published in the March 3, 2022, print edition

“Today is a day of significance for Sabine Parish, the Fort Jesup community, for the dozens of preservation organizations, government entities and individuals who have worked over the decades to preserve this legacy and the Fort Jesup property,” remarked Rebecca Blankenbaker, CRNHA Executive Director.
From left are Georgia Craven, Executive Director Sabine Parish Tourist Commission; Billy Nungesser, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana; Rebecca Blankenbaker, Executive Director of Cane River National Heritage Area; Nick Tarver, Fort Jesup Society Children of the American Revolution; Carrie McCormick, Fort Jesup State Historic Site Manager; and the Rev Donny Edmonson, Redland Baptist Church.

In addition to living history demonstrations and musket firings, preservation organizations who have worked to preserve the legacy of Fort Jesup were honored. The honorees included the Sabine Chapter of the Louisiana Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, the Sabine Parish Police Jury, the Sabine River Authority and the City of Many.
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Fort Jesup with more school days, living history demonstrations and new exhibits.