Once a flourishing railroad town, Dermott is now home to rich history and culture of yesteryear. A pillar of the charming town is the Dermott Historical Museum. Incorporated in 1890, Dermott was once home to notable artist Larry D. Alexander. With a population of 2,802 this town holds many treasures.
Dermott began as an agricultural center, emerged into a railroad town, and entertained a lucrative timber industry. The timber companies eventually moved out, the trains quit stopping, and the town’s economy reverted to one based largely on agriculture. Although few businesses are left and the population is dwindling, the economy is adequate to support two banks.
The wide, tree-lined streets are a main attraction in Dermott. The first mayor, J. Tom Crenshaw, and his recorder, C. H. VanPatten, had oak trees planted along the main thoroughfares in the 1890s. A swamp chestnut oak on West Gaines Street is the second largest of its kind in the state. According to local tradition, future president General Zachary Taylor stopped to rest under this tree in the 1830s while surveying a route for the Indian Removal. As he left, he marked it with his ax, and residents named it the Zachary Taylor tree. Nearby Lake Wallace, an oxbow lake of Bayou Bartholomew, provides recreation