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What's in a Name?: Tickfaw (2005)

Lost Louisiana



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Tickfaw, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, 30.577129, -90.483605

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-12-08

Duration: 00:05:20

Subjects: History | Nesom, George Wilburn, 1870-1933 | G.W. Nesom House (Tickfaw, La.) | Blacksmithing


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Hamilton, Sue Interviewee
  • Jenkins, Jim Interviewee


This segment from the “What’s in a Name, Part 1” episode of the series “Lost Louisiana” from December 8, 2005, features Charlie Whinham’s visit to Tickfaw in Tangipahoa Parish. Whinham talks to Sue Hamilton and Jim Jenkins, two of the grandchildren of George Wilburn Nesom, the village’s first postmaster and the owner of the general store in the early twentieth century. They discuss the naming of the town by a railroad company, the name’s meaning of “rest among the pines,” the legacy of their grandfather, and the building of his home. Whinham also tours the G.W. Nesom House, now a bed and breakfast, and Jenkins’ old sugar mill and blacksmith shop.