Today’s St. Mary Parish was once part of Louisiana’s Attakapas County. In 1811, the Legislature of the Territory of New Orleans divided the Attakapas Region, thereby founding St. Mary Parish. Its geographical position and proximity to the Great Atchafalaya River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico, coupled with its abundant wealth of natural resources, played a major role in shaping the industrial dynamics of the parish. Agriculture and sugar mills, carbon black plants, shipbuilders, fabrication firms and seafood processors are all part of the industry found in St. Mary Parish. Our diverse culture, industry, and bountiful natural reserves provide an abundance of sporting and recreational activities, making it a great place to live and work.
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