Snapshot of early days...
Pointe Coupee’s economic development traces back many centuries. Our region was inhabited by native peoples as early as 1500 BC. They built communities along the Lower Mississippi River Valley as part of a widespread agricultural trade route in North America. 10 Indian mounds remain today.
Encountering the native peoples, European explorers arrived in the early 16th century. For the crown of Spain, Spanish explorer DeSoto arrived in the 1540s. For the King of France, French explorers and missionaries made a determined effort in North America in the 1600s. LaSalle’s mission in the late 1680s was to travel the length of the Mississippi River to establish fur-trade routes along the river, and posts to guard the area from the Spaniards to the west and English to the east.
Iberville’s surveying expedition, with his brother Bienville and others, returned to the area in 1699—the beginning of this region’s historical era. It was at that time, in the spring, that they dragged their longboats with pulleys at the cut-off point of the river, now known as False River. Giving the name Pointe Coupée.
By 1720, Europeans had invested in concessions for farms to be built along the river bank. The first families to arrive in the Louisiana colony as contracted workers for the concession later located at Pointe Coupee, arrived by late November of 1720.
By 1724, the concession had dissolved and families had established their own farms along the Pointe Coupée coast—Pointe Coupee Road today. The trinity of people—European contract workers, native people and those taken from Africa—permanently settled the frontier riverbank area.
For centuries, our geographical location along the Mississippi River and rich alluvial soil gave us the foundation for what we have built today.
A time to celebrate…
How we got from then to now is a fascinating story. Our experiences from then to now have shaped the fabric of our people, our place and our culture.
A deep-rooted community, we are at an exciting time for the future of Pointe Coupée—building a stronger community for centuries ahead.
Our forthcoming tricentennial milestone is in tribute to the arrival of all of those who permanently settled Pointe Coupée. An opportunity to commemorate our common history, culture and traditions. An opportunity to further strengthen foundations of our economic development—creating a place where people want to invest, work and live.
A two-year celebration about Pointe Coupée for Pointe Coupée…then, now and tomorrow. Spring 2019 through Spring 2021.
We plan legacy projects to document and preserve our 1st 300 years and engage our community as we look toward the future. All initiatives are open and accessible to the public. Special visitors and dignitaries from Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Feliciana will be invited to select events.
Preserving & digitizing our original historical records
Preserving our stories – Front Porch Stories podcast
Permanent exhibits at parish buildings
Community beautification – gardens, landscape, cleanup
Celebrating our harvests – Community Gardens & Farm to Table celebration
International Family Reunion – live online event of descendants celebrating all of those who permanently settled our area
FINALE - Film documentary celebrating our people, place & traditions
Pointe Coupée: 300 Years in the Making
Future economic development
Public recognition for sponsors and donors
Widespread community engagement
How you can participate…
SPONSORS AND DONORS
Please make your tax-deductible donations to the Pointe Coupée Community Foundation
mail to P. O. Box 746 | New Roads, LA 70760
or via PayPal on this website at the upper right-hand corner.
All sponsors and donors will receive credit at the end of all 300 Years in the Making YouTube episodes and final documentary
We need your expertise, time and materials for:
Community Beautification | Community Gardens | Events | Public Exhibits | Share Your Stories
Preserving Our Rich Past to Benefit Our Future
Pointe Coupée: 300 Years in the Making
Julie Lee, Chairperson
Parish President Major Thibaut
Parish Sheriff Bud Torres