DeSoto Parish
Chamber of Commerce

115 North Washington Avenue
Mansfield LA 71052

Ph: (318) 872-1310
Fax: (318) 871-1875


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The Village of Grand Cane, LA recently joined only 44 other Cultural Districts in the State of Louisiana, as announced by Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu and certified by the Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism.  The State Cultural District initiative provides sales and use tax exemptions from the sales of original, one-of-a-kind works of art from the Cultural District (Grand Cane).  For collectors of art and individuals that want a special piece to wear or display in their home or office, this means that they won’t pay sales and use taxes on those works bought in Grand Cane, LA.  Currently, Village Creations (Suzanne Brossette, owner) is offering art works that qualify for the tax exemption.  Shoppers can find a variety of “one-of-a-kind” jewelry, photography, wood carvings, oils, pastels, iron works and more by such artists as:  Wanda Prothro, Cindy Williams, Joe Hartley, Lisa Reddick, Helen Calhoun, Christian Bagley, Vickie Williamson, Diane Long, Hannah Roark, and Marilyn Brinker.  “Art is in the Heart" of Historic Grand Cane, LA -- please stop by and check it out!


A Quick History

In 1682, the explorer LaSalle claimed, in the name of France, all the land drained by the Mississippi River and its tributaries. This area included about half of what is now DeSoto Parish.

Following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 the land that is now DeSoto Parish was a neutral strip, and remained so after the Sabine River became the western boundary between the US and the Republic of Texas. It became a haven for those fleeing from the law.

In the 1820s, communities began to develop. The first was Cow Pens and the second was Screamerville. Both are now just a part of the parish’s written history. Read more...