Madison Parish is a rural agricultural community with a rich history and cultural heritage. Considered a “row crop” parish, Madison consistently leads the state in corn production. Cotton, soybeans and rice are also important crops for the parish economy. Widely believed to be the site of the early beginnings of Delta Air Lines, Madison Parish is the home of the agricultural experiment station which first used airplanes to control cotton pests. The parish seat, Tallulah, has the distinction of being the first city in the United States to have a “covered” shopping mall. Madison Parish is home to the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, Hermione House Museum, and Civil War markers of landmarks and Grant's march through Louisiana.