This Saturday (April 30) I will be signing copies of my book, “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conundrum Books in St. Francisville. The event coincides with the St. Francisville Spring Garden Stroll.
The book details the history of Forest Hill, a town of about 800 people near Alexandria that’s also home to 220-plus plant nurseries. Forest Hill has long been a favorite among gardeners and landscapers and thousands flock to the town’s annual Louisiana Nursery Festival in March.
Forest Hill was also the site of Solomon Northup’s first home in Louisiana, the main character and narrator of “12 Years A Slave.” The massive timber industry utilized the ancient forests surrounding the town and only a few miles away was 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.
Cheré Dastugue Coen is the author of several Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. She is also the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.