Royanne and Alex Kropog spoke about the origins of Hungarian Settlement and the Hungarian Settlement Historical Museum to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on March 21.
The community began in 1896. Settlers were attracted by the Charles Breckenridge sawmill and lumber mill. The mill closed in 1916, and residents turned the cleared land into strawberry fields. By 1935, there were 350 families there.
The museum building is a former school that was cut in three pieces and moved from Albany to its present location, 27455 La. 43, in 1928 using logs and oxen. The Hungarian Settlement Historical Society is renovating the building and hopes to complete the project by 2014.
Donations are being accepted for the project. Contact Alex Kropog, (225) 610-7474.
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