Ponchatoula is a beautiful small city in Tangipahoa Parish to the north of New Orleans that has roots dating back to 1832. Commonly referred to as “The Strawberry Capital of The World,” Ponchatoula prides itself on its rich harvest of strawberries every summer and even hosts the beloved annual Strawberry Festival.
The name Ponchatoula is derived from the Choctaw words meaning “flowing hair,” which was the Native Americans' way of expressing the breathtaking beauty of the location, with Spanish Moss hanging from the sprawling oak trees. That beauty remains to this day, drawing people from all over the south to take up residence in Ponchatoula.
Real estate in the area is suited for a variety of lifestyles, and Ponchatoula homes for sale range from grand mansions and contemporary condominium developments to traditional shotgun and ranch-styled homes.
Ponchatoula, LA on the Map
Ponchatoula is a community located on I-55 near the intersection of I-12. It is just across I-12 from and south of Hammond, LA.
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How To Get To and From Ponchatoula, LA
Ponchatoula itself is just under 5 square miles, making it a quick and easy trip to get to anywhere within the city. The closest Amtrak station is located in Hammond, five miles away from the Ponchatoula city center.
Hammond Northshore Regional Airport is a fifteen-minute drive north, and the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is about a 40-minute drive south into New Orleans.
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Ponchatoula, LA Features
Ponchatoula offers more recreation than one would expect in such a small town. Dubbed as “America’s Antique City,” Ponchatoula is known for its expansive selection of antique and boutique shops stocked full with art, antiques, and handcrafted items. It is also home to larger chain shopping centers and drug stores. Hammond Square, the closest mall, is a quick five miles away from the city center.
Ponchatoula has deep historic and artistic roots, boasting several art fairs and historical sites. The city even has its own pet alligator, Harhide, whose history dates back to Ponchatoula’s early days! Ponchatoula is home to Collinswood Museum, Louisiana Treasures Museum, the USS Ponchatoula Bell, and historic downtown architecture.
The city is more than just its history, though. Both visitors and locals flock to Ponchatoula for its various special events and festivals throughout the year. Perhaps the most famous is The Strawberry Fest, featuring music, art, and every kind of strawberry-styled food imaginable. Other festivals include February
Fun Fever, Antique Trade Days Arts & Crafts Fair, Party in the Pits BBQ Competition, the Christmas Parade, and more!
Those more interested in the beauty of nature will also find things to do in Ponchatoula, as the city hosts the Joyce Wildlife Swamp Walk, Kliebert’s Alligator and Turtle Farm, and many waterways, including the Tangipahoa River, Ponchatoula Creek, Lake Ponchartrain, and Lake Manchac.
With its convenient location, beautiful scenery, and deep historical roots, Ponchatoula real estate has become increasingly in demand to Latter & Blum Inc. Realtors’ clients throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.
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Ponchatoula, LA Demographics
- Population: 6,85
- Households: 2,723
- Schools: several public and private preschools, elementary, middle, and high schools; parochial schools for all ages
- Health Care: St. Tammany Parish Hospital, North Oaks Medical Center, United Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, Greenbrier Hospital, and many other local medical facilities, urgent care centers, hospitals, surgical centers, medical office complexes and clinics nearby.
- Churches: over 200 churches of every denomination