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The Hutchinson Family: Legacy & Tradition

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For generations the Hutchinson family farmed the fertile land in the Lizard Creek area just outside the city limits of Springfield, Louisiana. Fresh vegetables and fruit would be grown, harvested and then sold to local markets stretching across the entire gulf south. The most prized and celebrated of these crops were the delicious, sweet strawberries.

In 2005, the gulf south was devastated by hurricane Katrina. There were lives lost due to hurricane Katrina and industries in shambles. Farmers were not exempt from the disaster; farmers all across the south suffered with ruined crops, destroyed farm equipment and even the loss of century-old farm houses. The following year, owner Gene Hutchinson planned and developed what is now Lizard Creek Campground!

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Springfield, LA

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Small Town With A Big History

Springfield began in the 17th century at one of the northernmost points considered to be navigable on the Natalbany River. Between Springfield and Lake Maurepas, Ponchatoula Creek joins the Natalbany and increases its flow.

Via the Natalbany, Lake Maurepas, Lake Ponchartrain, and Bayou Saint John, Springfield had access to New Orleans by water. Similarly, at the time (prior to the damming of the channel by levees) along the Amite River and Mississippi River, Bayou Manchac provided shallow-water access between Springfield and Baton Rouge. By 1810 Springfield was one of the areas of interest in the rebellion against Spain, which produced the short-lived Republic of West Florida. Bricks from an old Spanish fort can still be found roughly 200 yards in front of the current post office.

Springfield was the seat of Livingston Parish on the incorporation of the Republic of West Florida into the State of Louisiana in 1810. A post office was listed in Springfield, Livingston County (Parish) on October 1, 1846, with Jacob P. Randolph as the postmaster.

In the early part of the 19th century, Peter Hammond, eponym of Hammond, Louisiana, came to do business of transporting merchandise to oceangoing vessels in New Orleans. The Springfield city fathers, fearing a lawless element, declined to allow a railway track to be laid from New Orleans through Springfield and then north. The 1854 completion of the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad (now the Canadian National Railway)—which went through Hammond, Ponchatoula, and Manchac—bypassed Springfield.