Things to Do

Caldwell Parish offers a wide variety of activities and venues to serve every need.  Whether you are planning a wedding, birthday party, or reuion, or just want a place to take the kids to let off a little steam, we have just what you are looking for.   

Caldwell Parish Recreation Complex

   The Recreation Center is located north of the Ouachita River Bridge and is available to rent for parties,

   receptions, dances, etc.  The venue also is equipped with a roller skating area (skate rental provided), a weight

   room, a separate exercise equipment room, and offers adult co-ed basketball and volleyball throughout the


   Situated next door to the Recreational Center is the area Community Center.  The Community Center offers a

   full kitchen and large meeting area perfect for family and class reunions.  The center is also home to yoga and

   Zumba classes during the school year.

   The Garden Center in a few yards south of the Recreation Center and also offers a full kitchen and a large

   fireplace for a more homey feel for your meeting, reunion, small party, or wedding.

   The Caldwell Parish Baseball Complex, located across Hwy 165 from the Recreation Center is home to the

   Caldwell Parish Dixie Youth program and several co-ed teams throughout the year.  

   Brownville Park, located on in the Brownville area on hwy 849 is a perfect location to play a baseball game or

   have a reunion.  The shaded area gives a much needed break to the hot Louisiana summer sun.  The area is

   equipped with newly remodels restrooms, a covered pavilion, and 3 picnic tables.

   For more information on any of these venues, for a schedule of events, or for rental information, please call



Martin Home Place

   Take a step back in time while visiting the Martin Home Place.  This unique museum, operated by North Louisiana        Folk Life, Inc., offers a look back at the ways of old with personal tours, school field trips, and so much more.

   Looking for that perfect spot for a vintage wedding or a unique backdrop for graduation photos?  Martin Home Place      may be just what you are looking for.  

   Open:  Thursday and Friday 10 AM - 4 PM (and by appointment)

   203 Martin Lane

   Columbia, Louisiana  71418 


Schepis Museum

   With architecture resembling a grand European opera palace, the structure was built c. 1916 by an Italian

   immigrant, who was so proud of his heritage that he molded giant statues and placed them atop his building

   as tributes to his past and future homelands. 


   The statues are of Christopher Columbus and George Washington, each holding the flag of his country. 


   Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Schepis Building has been renovated as a museum in

   tribute to the area and its history. 


   It features several permanent art exhibits and rotating Exhibits of artwork by Louisiana artists.  A museum    

   gift shop offers cookbooks, tee-shirts, and original pieces by local artists and craftsmen. 

   The Museum is available to rental for small events.  


   For more information, please call  318-649-9931. 


   Open Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM 


Dr. Charles Allen Nature Preserve

   The Dr. Charles Allen Nature Preserve is an 80 acre outdoor classroom located in the rolling Ouachita Hills

   Region near Columbia, La, about 30 miles from the campus of ULM.


   The property was donated to ULM in the year 2000 by Dr. Harry Winters in honor of Dr. Charles Allen, a

   former ULM professor and accomplished botonist in Louisiana.  Over the years, Dr. Winters and Dr. Allen have

   co-authored several books on the plants of Louisiana and the Gulf South, but CABS is arguably one of their

   greatest contributions to the state.  Efforts are currently underway to make CABS more accessible to ULM

   students and faculty and develop a master plan for the property.  In the future, they hope to make CABS a  

   premiere site for researchers through the state and region.

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