Ponchatoula, LA Real Estate and Community Information
About PonchatoulaPonchatoula is the Mayberry of the Deep South and offers residents of the North Shore area a quiet alternative to the sprawling metropolitan city of New Orleans. Over the past three decades, the population of Ponchatoula has increased but not at the expense of the community's fantastic quality of life. Residents in Ponchatoula are able to enjoy life in a charming small-town environment that is perfect for raising a family and enjoying the simple pleasures of a quiet life.
The community of Ponchatoula is known for its quality school system, fantastic recreational facilities, and characteristic small-town charm. With so much to offer, it is easy to see why Ponchatoula is a fast-growing safe haven for those seeking a better life in the North Shore area.
Ponchatoula HistoryAround 1850, the piney woods surrounding New Orleans gained interest with developers throughout the region as the construction of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad took place. It was during this time that James Clark, a surveyor for the railroad company, perceived the potential of a dry area located along the railroad line just north of the swamps.
Clark purchased land in the area and began laying out plans for a new town. Clark named the town, located north of the swamps, Ponchatoula, after the river located to the west of the town. By 1854, Clark was selling lots in the new town of Ponchatoula. Settlers to the area were attracted by the shipping potential that the town's area possessed. During the town's first ten years, several stores, stables, and hotels were constructed. By 1861, the town had grown considerably and in late February of that year the town of Ponchatoula was officially incorporated.
Life In PonchatoulaThe town of Ponchatoula is known for its small-town atmosphere and its fantastic quality of life. In recent decades, the community has developed a reputation for its charming historic downtown, which is filled with charming antique stores, one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and cafes. Many of the historic shops and business located in the thriving downtown area look much the same as they did more than a century ago. The town's strong embrace of its historic roots can be felt not only in the architecture found throughout the city, but also in the town's very way of life.
It is the small-town way of life that has been responsible for bringing so many families to the charming town in recent decades. The town, despite its upsurge in growth, is still home to a close-knit community that works in unity to host a number of exciting community events throughout the year. One of the town's most beloved events is the annual Strawberry Festival. The town affectionately referred to as “The Strawberry Capital of The World,” prides itself on its rich summer strawberry harvest.
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Many are attracted to Ponchatoula's historic downtown area. The town, dating back to the 1800s, holds a certain historic small-town charm. The lovely historic brick buildings, found within the downtown district, are home to a number of unique boutiques, shops, and restaurants. Among the stores found within the downtown area, one will find shops such as A.B.A. Collectibles, Acquisitions of the Bygone, C. J.'s Antiques, the Honey Hive, Mary's Antiques, Oldies and Goodies, Ponchatoula Antiques and Statuary, the Ponchatoula Country Market, Roussel's and Co., Strawberry de Lis, Trail's End Antiques, the Turquoise Coyote, Doodlebugs, Nest Interiors, Heavenly Gifts, the Three Sisters Boutique, the Hickory Cottage Book Exchange, and Options Fabulous Finds.
Additionally, the downtown area is home to a growing artistic community. Art classes and viewings are available at the The Art Station located in Ponchatoula's historic downtown.
There is nothing sweeter than the delicious flavors that can be sampled in downtown Ponchatoula. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the savory delights to be found in the many palatable local restaurants. To be included in the throng of local culinary delights are the tables of restaurants and cafes such as Berrytown Corner Cafe, Bootsy's, Bonzai Sushi, Cafe Nola, Coffee Culture, Joyce's Sweets & Cafe, La Carreta, Middendorf's, Millside, Mi Patio, O'Donnel's, Paul's Cafe, Rainbow Daiquiris & Ice Cream, The Chocolate Vine Bakery Cafe & Wine Cellar, and the Yum Yum Bakery.
- Collinswood Museum
- Strawberry Farmer's Wall of Honor
- Ponchatoula City Hall Old Locomotive and Train Depot Louisiana Treasures Museum
- the Live Downtown Alligator
- USS Ponchatoula Bell
Parks And Recreation
Ponchatoula is home to a surprising number of recreational amenities for a town of its size. The Ponchatoula Area Recreation Department maintains an expansive sixty-acre park that offers a number of activities including baseball, football and softball. The large facility also boasts a walking trail, playgrounds, two large pavilions, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, and a fishing pond. Additionally, Ponchatoula is home to a number of parks and playgrounds that re conveniently housed in the historic downtown area. Residents of the historic community are also able to enjoy nearby attractions such as the Global Wildlife Center and the Tickfaw State Park, only a short drive away.
Nearby Natural Attractions
- Joyce Wildlife Management Area
- Swamp Walk Kliebert's Alligator and Turtle Farm
- 22 local Waterways including the Tangipahoa River, Ponchatoula Creek, Lakes Ponchartrain and Manchac
Throughout the year, the town of Ponchatoula is home to a number of exciting community events. Annual events such as the Strawberry Festival bring together the community and offer enjoyment to Ponchatoula residents of all ages.
- Easter Bonnet Stroll
- Fun Fever
- Antique Trade Days
- Arts and Crafts Fair
- Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
- Memorial Day Getaway
- Citywide Yard Sale
- Christmas in July Sale
- Labor Day Getaway
- Party in the Pits BBQ Competition
- Art Stroll and Appraisal Fair
- Christmas Lighting Ceremony
- Friday Night Lights
- Christmas Parade