Much of the land which the city now occupies was part of a 160-acre farm owned by Darel Zachary (1827-1907). In the 1880s, Zachary sold his land to the Illinois Central Railroad, who built a track and a depot on it in 1894 (it still stands today!). A village quickly grew up around the depot, which came to be called “Zachary” after the original farmer. This area is now called the “historic village” and is the location of several cool historic homes and buildings.
Much like Central, the Zachary Community School System separated from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in 2003 and is one of the top districts in the state. That, combined with lots of new construction happening in the area, small-town feel, and proximity to Baton Rouge, it’s no surprise it’s a fast-growing area.
- Incorporated as a city within East Baton Rouge Parish in 1889
- School system is ranked academically No.1 in the state ????
- Named as one of the safest cities in Louisiana for 2022 by Safewise
- The Historic District in the center of town dates back to the late 19th century
- The Zachary High Belles placed 3rd + 4th at a National competition ????????
- Library: The Zachary Branch Library, a beautiful modern and spacious facility, provides separate areas for adults and young people, with reference desks, reading and study areas, and spaces for exhibits and displays. The Library houses a large collection of books, magazines, and newspapers, CDs, videos and recorded books.
- Golf Courses + Parks: Home to three golf courses and several parks, there is no shortage of outdoor space to enjoy for adults and children alike!
- Shopping + Dining: Home to dozens of stores, local businesses and restaurants, Town Center is unsurprisingly the area’s go-to place to shop.
Looking to move to Zachary? Here are homes currently for sale: