Author to Speak March 13

Chere Dastugue Coen will be speaking about her latest book, "Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History," at noon Friday, March 13, in the Louisiana Room of the Arnold LeDoux Library on the LSU Eunice campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Her book covers the history of Forest Hill, a town of about 800 people near Alexandria

In the early days, the community was a summer retreat for plantation owners. The lumber industry rolled into town with the railroad, which eased the transportation of virgin timber. By 1901, the nurseries had emerged after Samuel Stokes began selling a variety of plants from his woods. Today, more than two hundred nurseries are in operation, many by the families who founded them.

It is home to the annual Louisiana Nursery Festival in March and was once home of Camp Claiborne, home to the largest peacetime war maneuvers in U.S. history and training ground for half a million soldiers during World War II.Coen is an award-winning, international freelance writer living in Lafayette and author of several books including "Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana" and "Exploring Cajun Country."

Members of the Eunice community garden and Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish Horticulture Agent, will be on hand with seeds and other garden giveaways.

-------March 6, 2015

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