Farmerville is located within scenic Union Parish, surrounded by nature's rivers, parks and wildlife. Union Parish boasts picturesque surroundings including the Ouachita River, Lake D'Arbonne, Alabama Landing, and Union Wildlife Management Area. An outdoor paradise, Union Parish provides leisurely outdoor activities such as swimming, skiing, fishing, sailing and boating.
Parish festivals portray a population that celebrates life, history, and diversity. Each year in February a parade is held to commemorate Black History. In April, residents participate in the Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch and Arts in the Park festivals. The D'Arbonne Arts and Watermelon Festivals take place in the summer. Historical Tours are made of preserved buildings all registered in the National Register of Historic Places.
Settlers from Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas came to settle in what would later be Union Parish. In 1839, Union Parish was created from Ouachita Parish and the town of Farmerville was designated as the parish seat. Matthew Wood, who donated the land, declined to have the town named after him. Consequently, the town was named Farmerville, commonly believed to be named after the Miles Farmer family. Miles, a local planter, was an elder in the Baptist Church who helped organize the Concord Baptist Association in the early 1800's. His descendants were active in parish legal and governmental affairs.