Welcome to the
Collinswood School Museum
The Collinswood museum is open each
Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4 and Tuesday thru thursday at flexible
For information call: (985) 386-2221 or (985) 386-2533
- Strawberry Capital of the world - History of
the Ponchatoula strawberry industry
- Native American Artifacts from 10,000 Years
- Pictorial history of the Louisiana cypress industry and the Louisiana
Cypress Lumber Company.
- Antique quilts, toys, furnishings and clothing.
- Pictorial & recorded history of Ponchatoula.
- Civil War, railroad, early farming and household artifacts.
- Relax and enjoy the shaded and sunny outdoor
History of the museum
The Collinswood School Museum actually had it's beginning around 1876 when it
was constructed specifically as a one room school house. Mr. Collins constructed
the school house on his estate, approximately one mile west of Ponchatoula, to
assure an education for his son. He then hired and boarded a teacher and offered
educational training for other children in the area. The school operated in that
fashion until around 1908. Grades 1 through 6 were taught in the single room.
1975 the Bicentennial Commission chose the "Collinswood School Museum" as a
project, and the city of Ponchatoula purchased the building for that purpose.
Land at the present Museum site was donated by the Edwards family to the city.
The museum opened in 1976, and has operated continuously since then. The museum
is governed and operated by volunteers.
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