Gateway to Plantation Country
Donaldsonville, LA – Louisiana’s First Capital
Ascension Parish is a rare gem located right off I-10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and lies on both sides of the mighty Mississippi. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River Donaldsonville served as the capitol of Louisiana from 1829-1831. Rich in history, our Historic District, is home to 50 blocks with some 640 buildings dating from 1865-1933. Donaldsonville is known today as the “Gateway to Cajun and Plantation Country” because of its rich heritage and the numerous plantations along the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche. It is also home to Chef John Folse’s culinary operations and self-taught primitive artist Alvin Batiste. Alvin has gained international recognition, through his depiction of life along the Mississippi. Right down Railroad Ave. is the River Road African American Museum, which reserves and exhibits art, artifacts, and buildings as it is related to the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities along the Mississippi River. The city of Donaldsonville is an immense collection of diverse histories deserving simply of recognition, celebration, and protection.