Assumption Parish has always been an agriculturally based parish, beginning with the Indian inhabitation. Historical records indicate that the first settlers to come to the region were likely trappers and traders, but farmers soon followed.
In 1861, sugar cane became the principal crop grown in Assumption Parish. Since then, most soils in the parish not prone to flooding have been used for the production of sugar cane. Today, Assumption Parish remains an important sugar cane producing parish. Large farms or plantations have kept sugar in production for generations. Antebellum homes such as the beautifully-preserved Madewood Plantation are a reminder of life in 18th century Assumption Parish.
-courtesy Assumption Parish, LA