DescriptionDonaldsonville, on the west bank of the Mississippi River, was settled in 1806 at the point where Bayou Lafourche branches from the great river. The city briefly served as Louisiana's state capital 1830-31. In its contemporary political role it serves as the seat of Ascension Parish, one of the state's original county governments.
Donaldsonville was the site of the 1863 Battle of Fort Butler, the only Union victory led by freed slaves. Though virtually destroyed during the Civil War, the city was quickly rebuilt.
The central business district, several blocks north of the main highway (SR 1), fronts the Mississippi levee. Downtown's Railroad Avenue offers interesting architecture as well as a handful of shops and restaurants.
Visitor InfoDonaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce 714 Railroad Ave. DONALDSONVILLE, LA 70346. Phone:(225)473-4814