In some ways, visiting the city of Winnfield, Louisiana is like taking a step back in time. Historical homes and buildings abound. Winnfield is rich in stories and folklore of outlaws, bandits, presidents, generals, the Civil War, Indians, railroad men, oil men, and, above all, politicians. In fact, Winnfield is proud to boast that it is the home of three governors: Huey P. Long, Earl K. Long and O.K. Allen, and proudly displays memorabilia of its rich political history in The Old L&A Depot.
But don't let Winnfield's historic past fool you – Winnfield is a city on the move with a promising future and many modern conveniences that make it an ideal city for residents, visitors and retirees.
Residents enjoy its small town atmosphere, modern conveniences and proximity to large cities and educational institutions. Visitors revel in its many outdoor activities like hiking, hunting, fishing and camping, as well as its tourist attractions and museums. Retirees appreciate its wonderful climate, its many annual festivals, its low cost of living and its state-of-the-art hospitals and care facilities.
Winnfield and Winn Parish have a long and fascinating history. Native Americans called this area their home over a thousand years ago. Both Spanish and French soldiers explored the rolling hills. Several Civil War battles were fought here and outlaws were known to shoot it out with brave settlers traveling westward. A number of Winnfield residents have gained national prominence in all walks of life and three in particular served as Governor of Louisiana – Huey P. Long, Earl K. Long and O.K. Allen. (See our page entitled "A Long History of Leadership".)
Winn Parish has some of the most scenic natural settings in the South and the area is truly a "Sportsman's Paradise". Winn Parish is located in the heart of the Kisatchie National Forest where the Gum Springs Horse Trail is located, and the city of Winnfield is home of the Louisiana Forest Festival.