With New Orleans just across Lake Pontchartrain, big fun in the Big Easy is never far away. A trip to the French Quarter can find you taking in the history of Jackson Square and Bourbon Street, ordering a libation at Pat O’Brien’s Bar, or dining on some authentic Louisiana Creole at Antoine’s, the oldest family run restaurant in the United States.
The swamps, marshes and wetlands of Louisiana provide a unique experience for visitors to view ecosystems that are unlike any others in the world. The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest swamp in the United States. It in encompasses 1,400,000 acres in south-central Louisiana, and contains significant expanses of bottomland hardwoods, bayous, and backwater lakes. Its thousands of acres of forest are home to the rare Louisiana black bear.
Southeast Louisiana in particular the Florida Parishes, offers several State Wildlife Management areas for your recreational enjoyment.The Management areas located in and around beautiful Lake Maurepas have tens of thousands of acres of pristine swamps that feature quality deer, duck, and small game hunting. In addition, fresh and salt water fishing opportunities are abundant.
Students in Springfield are served by Livingston Parish Public Schools. The district offers 45 schools, including several high schools voted by US News & World Report as their best high schools in 2013. For those seeking higher education, the region is home to Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Community College, Northshore Technical Community College and the State's Premier Flagship University, among others.
For healthcare needs in the Springfield region, United Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital, Hammond Surgical Hospital, North Oaks Hospital System and North Oaks Family Medicine Clinic can all provide first-class patient care.
Springfield experiences what is known as a humid subtropical climate, which is typified by mild winters, warm and humid summers and moderate to heavy rainfall. Summertime highs average about 90 degrees, and the temperature reaches nearly 65 on most days during the winter, requiring little more than a light jacket.
Springfield’s history can be traced as far back as the 17th century when it was one of the northernmost points considered to navigable on the Natalbany River. By the time the Republic of West Florida was incorporated into the State of Louisiana in 1810, Springfield had become the seat of Livingston Parish. In the mid-19th century, Springfield city fathers, fearing a spike in crime, declined to allow the railroad to be built through their town, leaving it to remain as a peaceful small community to this day.
We invite you to visit us in Springfield and the beautiful Florida Parishes today. Once you discover the forests, wetlands and farms of our region with New Orleans amenities close by, we’re certain you’ll want to call it your home too.