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41. Sheriff Swords – John Fakouri Home, 1907

April 9, 2021

306 S. Liberty Street

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Marion L. Swords, who was killed in July 1916 by the fugitive Helaire Carriere, built this unique Queen Anne style house. Sheriff Swords built this home for a little more than $12,000 between the years 1906-1907. When it was completed, it was known as one of the finest homes in South Louisiana. Mary Swords Deballion, the sheriff’s daughter, also lived in this home before she married. Mary was responsible for saving the beautiful Louisiana Iris, a native plant that is so loved today. Since 1932, John Fakouri, Sr and his family members have owned the home.

Last modified: April 13, 2021

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