Madisonville, Louisiana

Madisonville, Louisiana
Town of Madisonville
Madisonville Town Hall
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish St. Tammany
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Coordinates 30°24′26″N 90°09′42″W / 30.40722°N 90.16167°W / 30.40722; -90.16167
Area 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 - land 2.4 sq mi (6 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 677 (2000)
Density 277.0 / sq mi (107 / km2)
Founded 1800
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 985
Location of Madisonville in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Madisonville is a town in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 677 at the 2000 census. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Madisonville is located at 30°24′26″N 90°9′42″W / 30.40722°N 90.16167°W / 30.40722; -90.16167 (30.407179, -90.161716)[1]. Madisonville is on the banks of the Tchefuncte River (see inset), near where the river enters Lake Pontchartrain.

Madisonville's colorful waterfront, viewed here looking north from the drawbridge on LA 22, features outdoor dining along the Tchefuncte River estuary.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.


Madisonville was founded by Jean Baptiste Baham in 1800 as the town of Cocquille or Cokie because of the abundance of shells in the area, at the site of the Native American village of Chiconcte. In 1810 it was renamed in honor of President of the United States James Madison.[2]

It was an important port providing bricks and other products of the towns along the Tchefuncte to New Orleans in the decades before the American Civil War. After the Union capture of New Orleans, this area remained under nominal Confederate control, and the cut off of trade with New Orleans across "enemy lines" was devastating to the local economy, which did not recover for decades after the peace.

The opening of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and associated highways gradually brought Madisonville into the sphere of Greater New Orleans in the late 20th century.

Much of the town flooded with the Lake Pontchartrain storm surge of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The police station was destroyed by the floodwaters, along with the lower levels of the fire station. A temporary police substation was built by a Madisonville-based company, T. Sturdevant Inc/dba Barnstormers. The ruined police station was repaired by town workers and reopened for use, while the substation was left intact and is still used as the main office of the current Chief of Police, David Smith.

Assorted facts

Madisonville hosts the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (see inset), which puts on the Wooden Boat Festival each fall.[3]

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum cooperates in research with Southeastern Louisiana University and other educational institutions.

The Madisonville Lighthouse was built in 1838 and is on the United States National Register of Historic Places. The land route to the lighthouse was destroyed by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, and it has since been accessible only by boat.

John Neely Kennedy, the current Louisiana State Treasurer, is a resident of Madisonville.

The ZIP code is 70447.

The mayor of Madisonville owns a small restaurant, Badeaux's, on Mulberry St.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 677 people, 302 households, and 186 families residing in the town. The population density was 277.0 people per square mile (107.1/km²). There were 346 housing units at an average density of 141.6 per square mile (54.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 85.67% White, 10.04% Black, 0.74% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 1.77% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population.

Madisonville's Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, viewed from the east, stands assuringly on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. This lighthouse was built in 1837.[5]

There were 302 households out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 103.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,625, and the median income for a family was $57,083. Males had a median income of $41,042 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,114. About 4.5% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.

External Links

Town Of Madisonville official website (


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "Madisonville Historical Marker". 
  3. ^ Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum site. The Museum is located on the east side of LA 1077 south of Madisonville.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Brenda Brown Finnegan, Lighthouse Digest.

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