French Settlement — Despite flooding and the aftermath of recovery, one Livingston Parish town is being touted by a website as the state’s top place for “peace and quiet.”

According to, No. 1 is French Settlement among “10 small towns in Louisiana that offer nothing but peace and quiet.”

With its top listing on the webpage is a photo of a sign in French Settlement that explains how the area was “La Cote Francaise,” settled in 1800 via the Amite River by French, German and Italian “emigres.”

“With a number of locations on the National Register of Historic Places, this quiet town outside of Baton Rouge is surrounded by beautiful nature,” its listing says.

No. 2 on the “quiet” list also comes from the Florida Parishes region: Ponchatoula.

“Known as the Strawberry Capital of the World, Pontchatoula is outside Hammond and has lots of small town charm plus plenty of place to relax and wind,” according to its listing.

The rest of the top 10: DeRidder, Minden, Winnsboro, Chauvin, Luling, Benton, Farmerville and Delhi. offers pages on all 50 states with the top cities or attractions in each state in a variety of categories such as best restaurants, historic sites and places to shop.

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