From the Victorian era in the late 1800s, through the turn of the century, the original Walnut Grove neighborhood was located along the Calcasieu riverfront. It was a serene oasis of natural beauty, perfumed by a wall of Cherokee roses, shaded by Cypress trees draped with Spanish Moss and bordered by an impressive grove of black walnut trees that gave the area its name. The area one of the most significant social gathering places for residents of Lake Charles. Courting couples took long, romantic buggy rides around the lake. Fishermen cast their lines in the slow-moving river. Families enjoyed Sunday afternoon picnics in the shade along the water.
In the mid 1920s, the Port of Lake Charles took over the property and this scenic area took on a new and important role for the region’s growth and development.
Fast forward nearly 100 years and there is a new Walnut Grove very near the site of the original location in Lake Charles.
The Walnut Grove traditional neighborhood development was born from the area’s rich history and the vision of the developer, Walnut Grove Development, LLC, to create a self-contained village with multiple types of housing, retail, commercial and public spaces which follow the great traditions of southern Louisiana architecture. Our developers have worked carefully to recreate the charm and spirit found in the original neighborhood, while incorporating modern conveniences and amenities to give residents and visitors the best of the past, present and future.
Photos provided by McNeese State University Archives.