According to historians, Marksville was actually founded by accident when a peddler’s wagon broke down, and then he decided to stay. A community grew up around him, and today, Marksville is a beautiful town that cherishes the history of the Native Americans who lived there long before the peddler who settled the land. In fact, the Tunica-Biloxi tribe owns the Paragon Casino & Resort, a major source of revenue for the town.
1. Learn about Native American history at the Marksville State Historic Site
Curious about the people who lived in Marksville long before the town was named? You’ll learn about the town’s rich history of Native American culture and more at the Marksville State Historic Site. The site includes restored Indian burial mounds as well as an educational museum to fill you in on the history of the tribes that inhabited the area in the past. Presently, the Tunica-Biloxi tribe is still flourishing on a local reservation.
You can choose to walk through the historic site on your own or be guided by a tour guide. Keep in mind that the site is only open by appointment, so you’ll have to call ahead to schedule a visit. However, this is a free and educational attraction, so don’t miss it! From time to time, the visitor’s center also hosts fun classes such as basket weaving.
Marksville State Historic Site
Address: 837 Martin Luther King Dr, Marksville, LA 71351
Website: Marksville State Historic Site
2. Tour the pioneer Hypolite Bordelon House
The Hypolite Bordelon House, once a Creole pioneer’s home, now serves as a museum and a historical attraction. Learn how early pioneers of Marksville lived, worked, and flourished in the area. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides an interesting look into the lives of Louisiana settlers, in the 1800s.
When the house transferred in ownership to the city of Marksville in 1979, it was moved to its present location and restored. Admission is 2 USD and includes a tour of the house, outbuildings, and the small chapel in the backyard. In the house, you’ll see furnishings typical of the period.
Hypolite Bordelon House
Address: 242 Tunica Dr W, Marksville, LA 71351
3. Play a round at the Tamahka Trails Golf Course
The Tamahka Trails Golf Course is a quiet, green retreat in the middle of Marksville and is part of the Audubon Golf Trail. On a nice day, playing a round of golf at the course is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise in. Connected to the Paragon Casino & Resort, Tamahka is an 18-hole, par 71 course.
Golfers praise the course for being meticulously cared for and having friendly, helpful staff. Fans of the course have shared that it is challenging but well built. The course is also part of a country club which offers lunch and dinner. Starting at 47 USD for a round of golf, it’s also affordable.
Even if you’re not a golfing enthusiast, the country club offers a variety of menu options, so you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy the beautiful scenery. After playing a round of golf, walk over to the Paragon Casino & Resort (if you’re over 21), and try your hand at the slots.
Tamahka Trails Golf Course
Address: 222 Slim Lemoine Rd, Marksville, LA 71351-6005
Website: Tamahka Trails Golf Course
4. Purchase handmade items at the Tanglewood Soap Company
NEW....in our Louisiana line, Bayou Blanc is on the shelf! Sun-warmed figs, italian bergamot and white tea leaves with notes of jasmine & sandalwood.....a walk in the woods!Posted by Tanglewood Soap Company on Thursday, 30 March 2017
The Tanglewood Soap Company is a newer store (established in 2014), located in Marksville and is known for its natural and handmade items, including handcrafted soaps, lotions, bath salts, bath bombs, and body butter. If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift, a romantic present, or just want to treat yourself, be sure to stop by.
The items at Tanglewood Soap Company are only made with natural ingredients, including coconut oil, shea butter, goat’s milk, coconut milk, and plant infusions. When you step into the store, you’ll notice it smells divine! Tanglewood’s products are especially helpful for people with sensitive skin or breakouts. Even if you’re just window shopping, everything at Tanglewood Soap Company is a delight to look at, from the swirled designs on the soap bars to the beautifully packaged bath bombs.
Open from Tuesday-Friday 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM - 3 PM, the store is closed Sunday and Monday.
Tanglewood Soap Company
Address: 410 N Main St, Marksville, Louisiana
Facebook: Tanglewood Soap Company
5. View the Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Education Center Museum
Tunica language classes resume this week for ages 5 - 10 on Tuesdays; and ages 11 - 17 on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the...Posted by The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana on Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Visiting the Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Education Center Museum is a great way to immerse yourself in the Native American culture of the area. The Tunica-Biloxi tribe resides on a nearby reservation and operates one of Marksville’s most popular attractions, the Paragon Casino & Resort.
At the museum, you’ll learn about how the tribe interacted with Louisiana’s first settlers, through trade. Through a number of artifacts (known as the “Tunica Treasure”) and rotating educational exhibits, you’ll get a first-hand look at how the tribe played a huge part in the history of the area. The museum includes an exhibit hall, conservation and restoration lab, gift shop, library, and classrooms as well as tribal government offices.
The education center is open from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM and 12:30 PM to 4 PM. Tickets are just 5 USD for adults and 3 USD for children.
Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Education Center Museum
Address: 150 Melacon Road, Marksville, LA 71351
Appreciate Marksville's history
Without the Tunica-Biloxi tribe, Marksville would not be the vibrant community it is today. Learn about the tribe through the Marksville State Historic Center and the Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Educational Center and Museum, while you’re in Marksville. The area has much to appreciate, including its interesting history, rich golfing greens, and small, local shops.
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