Jackson Parish was created in 1845, from Claiborne, Ouachita and Union Parishes and the parish was named in honor of U.S. President Andrew Jackson. The woods are the backbone of the Jackson Parish economy. Aside from the timber industry, the healthcare industry is quite large for such a rural parish. Jackson Parish is home to a hospital, several nursing and long-term care facilities, pharmacies, medical clinics, and home health agencies. Jackson Parish is home to the annual “Christmas Wonderland in the Pines Festival” and the annual "Sunshine Festival" in April.