Welcome to Town of Washington Welcome
With its rich agricultural region and proximity to Bayou Courtableau, the Town of Washington quickly became the 19th century’s largest steamboat port between New Orleans and St. Louis. Cotton, cattle, sugar and molasses were the primary exports of the day. This bustling trade was largely responsible for the wealth of antebellum plantation homes and Victorian architecture which give Washington its quaint character today. In fact, 80% of its buildings are of historic or architectural significance.
The old Steamboat Warehouse on Bayou Courtableau not only serves as a reminder of the town’s halcyon days, it’s also a renowned restaurant that attracts visitors from all over the country. Many of the brick commercial buildings that still dot Main Street maintain their 19th century ornamental store fronts, down to the blocker tie rings that secured horses.
From big to small to always down-to-earth, the Town of Washington has something for everyone.