August 11, 2021

History

The historic train depot in Ponchatoula was originally built in 1854.  It was rebuilt after being burned during the Civil War.  The present depot was erected in 1895 and remodeled in 1920.  It became the Ponchatoula Country Market on July 5, 1973.

This was the culmination of a community effort.  The inspired townspeople restored the old abandoned building as a place where area artists and craftsmen would be able to exhibit, demonstrate, and sell their work.

You can come in and see newspaper clippings, photos, and other memorabilia in our mini museum area in the largest room in our building which was originally the freight room.

Today local craftsmen offer quality items such as: quilting, florals, ceramics, wood crafted items, painted wood, photography, painted and sewn fashions, popular Country and Victorian decorations, stained glass, handmade jewelry, dolls, baby items, unique gifts, wreaths and souvenir items.

Many old and new items are available for the collector.  Items include jewelry, paper, glass, ceramic, coins, metal and textiles.

In foods, we proudly market jellies and jams and a variety of sweets including homemade pralines. We also have alligator jerky, hot sauce, raw local honey, strawberry syrup and strawberry salad dressing.

On July 5th of 2023, our beloved market celebrated 50 years in business. To this day, we strive to retain the vision set out by our founding mothers all the way back in 1973.