Centenary State Historic Site
3522 College St.
Jackson, LA 70748
Directions: From Baton Rouge, take I-10 North to US 61, go north
on US 61 toward St. Francisville. Turn right onto LA 68; turn left
onto Hwy. 10.
From St. Francisville, simply go east on LA 10 to the town of
Jackson; turn left at the intersection of LA 10 and East College to
WELCOME to Centenary State Historic Site
opened as the College of Louisiana in 1826, the school occupied an
old courthouse and other buildings in the town of Jackson.
college steadily grew and two dormitories were built on new property
in 1832 and 1837. The West Wing, the latter of these two buildings,
After less than 20 years, the College of Louisiana closed because
of declining enrollment. Suffering similar problems was the
Methodist/Episcopal-operated Centenary College at Brandon Springs,
Mississippi (established in 1839).
Centenary then moved to the vacant campus of the College of
Louisiana. Since the all-male student bodies of the two institutions
were effectively combined, the school succeeded with the name
Centenary College of Louisiana now owned and operated by the
Methodist/Episcopal Church South. At its peak, shortly before the
Civil War, some 250 students and 11 faculty members occupied the
The Civil War had a profound effect on Centenary College, as it
did on most Southern colleges. The school closed for the duration of
the war and its buildings were used by both Confederate and Union
The dormitories became hospital space in October 1862 and during
the seige of Port Hudson in 1863 and Union troops used the Main
Academic Building as an area headquarters.
Centenary College reopened after the war, but with repairs needed
and low enrollment, it was unable to regain its former
In 1908, searching for a wider student population base, Centenary
College moved to Shreveport, where it remains today. The Main
Academic Building and the East Wing dormitory were demolished in the
1930s; only the West Wing and a professor's house still stand.
In 1979 Centenary State Historic Site was added to the National
Register of Historic Places, an honorary designation for significant
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