Community Connection: Homer

When someone mentions the name "Homer," I get two images in my head: a yellow cartoon character and a philosopher/poet/marble bust. Fortunately, the town of Homer was named after the latter. Homer, LA is the parish seat of Claiborne Parish. The town was laid out around the brick courthouse which is one of only four pre-Civil War courthouses in Louisiana that is still in use. It was completed in 1860. The building is built in the Greek Revival style of architecture which speaks more to the Anglo-Saxon influence on the area than the French influence.

Two of the biggest industries in the history of Homer and Claiborne Parish have been cotton and oil. During the Civil War, some area farmers would trade cotton with Union Soldiers in Monroe, LA, even though Claiborne Parish was strongly Confederate. The Herbert S. Ford Memorial Museum claims to have the oldest bale of compressed cotton in existence. It is said to have been baled around 1930.

In 1921, oil was discovered in Homer and people's lives were forever changed. The same museum holds a "Black Gold" exhibit featuring a recording of how a farming family moved from Mississippi to take advantage of the boom. The oil boom led to the building of Hotel Claiborne, which was established in 1890 and declared a state historic site in 1984.

Homer will be holding our final Super Saturday Arts camp on July 27. The camp will be held at Homer City Hall located at 400 E Main St. Registration is only $20 by July 17 and just $25 after that. Snacks and supplies are provided. If you would like to register your little one for camp, click here to download the registration for or just call the office at 318.255.1450