During the summer of 1961, United States Senator Russell Long purchased the beginning of what he called “paradise,” a tract of farm land along Baringer Foreman Road in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As his love for the property quickly grew, he purchased additional tracts, amassing more than 550 acres in a series of 10 separate transactions. He spent a considerable amount of his free time at what he called “the farm,” whether taking care of cows, swimming in the pool or relaxing with friends. It became his favorite place to unwind, and eventually he made it his Louisiana residence.
Over the years, Senator Long hosted many parties and family gatherings at the farm. The list of visitors to the property included virtually every governor, legislator and other statewide elected official from 1961 through 1986, when Long retired from the senate. He often made calls from the phone by the pool, even one to President Lyndon Johnson to save Louisiana’s Fort Polk from closure.
Many wonderful memories were made through the years at the property. To this day, Russell Long’s family continues to enjoy the quiet pastures, walking and riding trails, serene water spots and spectacular sunsets there.
Now 237 acres of Russell Long’s “paradise” has become Long Farm Village, and the legacy of fostering friendship and family will continue, just as Long wanted.