Union Parish was formed from Northern Ouachita in 1839. The parish seat and courthouse is located in Farmerville, Union's largest town. Shiloh, at one time, was the second largest town in the parish until a fire in March of 1899 destroyed most of the town. Bernice was formed at this time when the railroad came through the area. Bernice is the youngest town in the parish.
Two Louisiana governors, William Wright Heard and Ruffin G. Pleasant, were born in Union Parish. An Arkansas governor, George W. Donaghey, was born near Oakland, a community near the Arkansas state line.
There are unique shopping opportunities, craft shops, art galleries, hunting lodges and a variety of restaurants featuring Southern home cooking. Visit us to experience the unhurried lifestyle of friendly people in the 1842 parish seat of Farmerville, the 1899 town of Bernice, and smaller towns of Junction City, Marion, Downsville, Lillie and Spearsville.
The largest manmade lake in Northeast Louisiana, 15,000 acre Lake D'Arbonne, an excellent place for all types of fishing and other water sports, is located in Union Parish. Also located in the parish are Union Game Management Area and D'Arbonne and Upper Ouachita Wildlife refuges that offer many magnificent amenities for sportsmen.
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