Friday, October 17, 2014

The Washington Parish Fair

With much pleasure, we welcome you to the historical Mile Branch Settlement (MBS) located on the Washington Parish Fairgrounds in Franklinton, LA. The MBS began as a tribute to the pioneering spirit of Washington Parish residents. For the most part, these pioneers were Scotch-Irish, Presbyterian by faith, from the lowlands of Scotland who immigrated to Northern Ireland in the early seventeenth century. Known as Ulster Scots, these hearty pioneers emigrated from Ireland to the British Colonies of North America between 1725 and 1775 with many settling in Pennsylvania. During this time, cultural geographers believe that the Scotch-Irish and German settlers shared a building technique known today as Appalachian Upland Folk Architecture.

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