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Leesville in Vernon Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Vernon Parish Founders

 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
1. Vernon Parish Founders Marker
Inscription. John R. Smart "Father of Vernon Parish" introduced act to create parish. Served in Louisiana House and Senate before and after war between the states: signed 1852 Louisiana Constitution. Named Leesville for Gen. Robert E. Lee. A successful planter, his home, "The Retreat," was four miles north of Leesville. Dr. Edmund E. Smart, "The Father of Leesville" served in Louisiana House and Senate. Developed the city on his plantation and served the new city as treasurer in 1871. He donated the city block for the Vernon Parish Courthouse.
 
Erected 2001 by Vernon Parish Tourism Commission and the Vernon Parish Police Jury.
 
Location. 31° 8.536′ N, 93° 15.654′ W. Marker is in Leesville, Louisiana, in Vernon Parish. Marker is on 3rd Street north of East Lula Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the Vernon Parish Courthouse near the west entrance and the Vernon Parish Tourism office. Marker is in this post office area: Leesville LA 71446, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vernon Parish Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Great Louisiana Maneuvers (a few steps from this marker); Vernon Parish Veteran's Memorial
Vernon Parish Founders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
2. Vernon Parish Founders Marker
(a few steps from this marker); First National Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); National Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lyons Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchants & Farmers Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Nichols-Howerton Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Leesville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Venture into Vernon. Vernon Parish tourism site. (Submitted on November 23, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.) 

2. Vernon Parish Tourism Commission. Official tourism site of Louisiana (Submitted on November 23, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 565 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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