History of St. Helena
Rural Charm of St. Helena Parish

Rural Charm
From "St. Helena History" by Inez Tate

In the early days of the parish, farmers row-cropped with cotton being the principal cash crop. The boll weevil caused this crop to be unprofitable and farmers turned to strawberries, beans, cucumbers, etc. The gravel and timber industries are profitable in this area.

Because it is a rural parish, St Helena has not grown as some of the neighboring parishes. Population census Year 2010, approximately 10,643, a quiet place, it has much to offer the sportsman, and the nature lovers.

St. Helena is one of the four original parishes of the West Florida Parishes that staged a revolt and fought for freedom from Spanish rule in the fall of 1810. Many of the present-day land-holders can trace their roots back to the land grants that were given prior to the revolt. Rolling hills, pasture land, and forest of pines make St. Helena a rural retreat as you visit the region. St. Helena boasts of NO red lights in the parish. Historical markers denoting the parts that St. Helena played in the progress of Louisiana and America. The Casinos are unique to St. Helena in that surrounding parishes have none.

Historical locations in Greensburg: Court House, Old Jail Circa 1855, Land Office Circa 1820, that was used for the clearing house for Spanish Land Grants. Brushey Creek Meteor site only Meteor site in Louisiana, located south of Greensburg.

The following was taken from "St. Helena History" by Mrs. Inez Tate:

Approved by the Louisiana legislature “on April 24, 1811 the parish of St. Helena, which comprehends that tract of country lying below the line of the Mississippi Territory and between the Amite and the River Tanchipao.”

Montpelier was established as permanent seat of justice in and for the parish of St. Helena approved March 25, 1813.

Records from the national archives indicate St. Helena Post Office was established 7 March 1814.
This Post Office was connected to the Natchez Trace.

In 1832 the lower part of the parish was taken to form another parish named Livingston and the courthouse moved to Greensburg, a more central location, where it remains today. St. Helena lost another portion of land in 1866, which added to land from Washington and Livingston Parishes formed Tangipahoa Parish.