Forest Hill boasts one of the largest nursery industries in the country, despite its tiny population. In the early days, the community was a summer retreat for plantation owners. The lumber industry rolled into town with the railroad, which eased the transportation of virgin timber. By 1901, the nurseries had emerged after Samuel Stokes began selling a variety of plants from his woods. Today, more than two hundred nurseries are in operation, many by the families who founded them. Author Chere Dastugue Coen reveals the deep roots of this horticultural hub.
Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History
Chere Dastugue Coen is an award-winning freelance journalist and author living in Lafayette, Louisiana. A native of New Orleans, Chere began her career in communications at the 1984 World's Fair and has since written for numerous regional, national and international publications. Her nonfiction includes Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana, " "Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana" and "Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets with Jude Bradley."
6 x 9 Hardcover
Published: September 30, 2014