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Abita Springs, LA

Abita Springs, LA

Legend has it that a Native American princess with the name of Abita is where Abita Springs got its name, but the truth of the matter is that the word Abita has its origins in the Choctaw Indian language.  Abita actually means a “source of water” or spring, so essentially, the name of Abita Springs translated means Spring Springs!

Long before the 4.5 square miles, which is now called Abita Springs was organized in 1903 and chartered in 1912, the Choctaw Indians who resided on the land believed in the healing powers of the springs.  With this knowledge, in 1867 Dr. T. M. D. Davidson acquired the land on which the Abita Springs Pavilion now stands.  He promoted the springs’ medicinal properties and eventually commerce moved into the small town in the form of hotels, boarding houses, and restaurants. Word of the springs got out, and the railroad arrived in Abita Springs in 1887 just before the Pavilion was built in 1888.  The original structure stood 46′ high and 52.6′ in diameter.  The bottom of the Pavilion was made out of concrete and had drinking fountains from which people could drink. The State of Louisiana purchased the Abita Springs Pavilion in 1948 and in 1965 the Pavilion was bought by the St. Tammany Parish School Board.  The Abita Springs Pavilion has been completely renovated and is the most visible part of the town’s center.

Adjacent to The Pavilion are the bare essentials for a small town – an old and quaint shopping strip with a brick façade consisting of a bar Rosie’s TavernArtigue’s Abita Market, the local grocery store, and a gas station next door.  The Abita Brew Pub occupies the space on the other side of The Pavilion and serves food and alcohol to the many bikers, pedestrians, residents, and tourists who visit the town daily.  Across the street from The Pavilion is Mama D’s Pizza which reportedly has the best pizza in St. Tammany Parish!  Next to Mama D’s is the Abita Springs Farmer’s Market.  This Farmer’s Market has a permanent location in the town center and is open 7 days/week except for holidays. The 31-mile Tammany Trace cuts through the town center and is served by the Abita Springs Trailhead.  Live music is held at the Trailhead as well as at Abita Springs Town Hall by the Abita Springs Opry.

The Abita Springs Opry is music held 6 times a year produced by Abita Opry, Inc.  The program recreates the Piney Woods Opry, which played at Abita Springs Town Hall for a 10-year time period.  The Abita Springs Town Hall itself is a wooden structure in the town center and is over 100-years-old. The shows are designed to present and preserve Louisiana “roots” music, therefore music is played in its original form, which is mostly acoustically.  Different forms of music performed include country, bluegrass, traditional southern gospel, Cajun, zydeco, and even Irish. Because performances are held in a wooden building, the cypress walls and wooden floor provide amazing acoustics that are accented by audience members “stepping” along to the rhythms.

Residents of Abita Springs are proud of their citizenship as well as the cultural oddities, which are reflected in the small town environment.  One of these odd town fixtures which is also a tourist attraction is the UCM (pronounced “You See ‘Em”) Museum and Abita Mystery House.  Unlike a “normal” museum historically sharing the origins of the great town of Abita Springs, this unique structure is stuffed full of “found” items and homemade inventions.  The museum claims to feature “odd collections, memorabilia, pure junk, and old arcade machines that are fun to play.”  Playing the role of the traditional museum is the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum located slightly behind The Pavilion.  It highlights the historical significance of the town of Abita Springs.  Outside of the town center, visitors and homeowners alike can enjoy the scenic and scientifically informative tour of the Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery, a fully operational alligator ranch, which does harvest the alligators for food and handmade and machine made items.

For the small town of 4.5 square miles, Abita Springs is proud to offer 2 golf courses – Abita Springs Golf & Country Club and Money Hill Golf & Country Club.  Money Hill is a new construction subdivision which offers new homes from the $300’s – to the millions.  In this community, in addition to being able to buy a new house to reside in Abita Springs, you can also enjoy all of the amenities of the golf and country club at Money Hill.  Hidden off of the main road and advertised by a simple beige wooden sign is the Abita Springs RV Resort.  This gorgeous resort offers cabin rentals, RV sites both with and without full hook ups, campsites, a clubhouse, pool, gazebo, and numerous ponds for fishing.

A growing industry is bursting out of Abita Springs, and that is the Abita Brewing Company.  Starting out brewing just 1,500 barrels of beer, the new facility on Highway 36 now brews 151,000 barrels of beer and 9,100 barrels of Abita Root Beer.  Abita Beer is starting to distribute its beers nationwide and will soon be a household name across America.

Residents of Abita Springs are proprietary of their town.  They maintain a truly original attitude of quirkiness combined with a sense of humor and a lot of charm.  What other town do you know that has an entire town garage sale every year?  The Abita Springs Whole Town Garage Sale & Flea Market began in 1994 and is held every year in the spring.  Naturally, the whole town comes out to participate.  Anyone interested in owning a new house in a small town full of originality and friendliness should definitely consider buying a new or previously-owned home in Abita Springs, Louisiana.

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Kim Higgins, Broker/Owner
Realty Executives NOLA
515 N. Causeway Blvd.
Mandeville LA 70448
Northshore: 985-231-3130
Southshore: 504-564-7676

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