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Ponchatoula is the oldest incorporated city in Tangipaho Parish, and is known for it’s annual Strawberry Festival in the spring. Located in the south end of the parish, Ponchatoula is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state of Louisiana. The city derives its name from the Choctaw Indian language meaning “hair to hang” because of the abundance of Spanish moss on the trees surrounding the area. As America’s Antique City, Ponchatoula, is stocked with numerous art, antique and hand crafted items in the many restored old buildings in the downtown area.
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Known as “America’s Antique City” and the “Strawberry Capital of the World,” Ponchatoula offers the opportunity to browse antique shops and find unique handmade items and art pieces. The city is known for its wholesome atmosphere and activities that are perfect for the whole family. The Ponchatoula Country Market draws visitors from miles around to see the handmade crafts and collectibles that can’t be found anywhere else. The market is located in the historic train depot downtown and is set up similarly to a farmer’s market. Be sure to stop by the Electric Train Depot while in Pontchatoula. It is the largest full-service train store in Louisiana. The Collinswood museum is also a delight and full of history and charm.
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