Sibley, Louisiana

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Sibley is a town in south Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,098 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Minden Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The former Sibley High School, now known as Lakeside Junior and Senior High School, is located south of town off Louisiana Highway 7. The Sibley Town Hall was relocated to a portion of the former Sibley High School campus.

North of Sibley is Calloway Corners Bed and Breakfast, refurbished in 1991 by Jeanne Woods, formerly of San Diego, California. Woods turned her business into a vacation destination through Harlequin Enterprises, which produces popular romance novels.[1] Woods said that she chose the white house that had been abandoned in Sibley because "I love this part of the country. The people have great charm. They are so friendly and easy to know. It's so different. People care about people here; they're not caught up in the rush of life."[1]Calloway Corners is featured on the front of several books penned by romance novelists Katherine Burton, Sandra Canfield, Tracy Hughes, and Penny Richards. Woods even got the state of Louisiana and the Webster Parish Police Jury to designate Calloway Corners as a "town" on signs on Highway 7.[1][2]

Sibley is the home of several churches, including First Baptist, First United Methodist, Missionary Baptist, and the Independent Baptist congregation, Baptist Tabernacle, founded by the late evangelist Jimmy G. Tharpe. In 2010, Baptist Tabernacle began constructing a new sanctuary adjacent to the existing one. Lane Memorial Cemetery is adjacent to the Methodist Church.

Geography

Sibley is located at 32°32′27″N 93°17′36″W / 32.54083°N 93.29333°W / 32.54083; -93.29333 (32.540704, -93.293208)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), of which, 3.9 square miles (10.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (3.49%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,098 people, 412 households, and 315 families residing in the town. The population density was 284.0 people per square mile (109.5/km²). There were 457 housing units at an average density of 118.2/sq mi (45.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 74.95% White, 23.59% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.18% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

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