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Parish: St. Charles Parish

Taft began as a sugarcane plantation and slowly grew to include a post office, store, and the Holy Rosary Catholic Church (established in 1877). In 1966, Union Carbide (now Dow Chemical Corporation) bought the Holy Rosary property and moved the church to Hahnville. The Holy Rosary cemetery and Green Hill cemetery remain the sole relics of the community.

Cemetery in Taft Louisiana. Copyright William Fontenot
Cemetery in Taft Louisiana. Copyright William Fontenot
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