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Summerfield was founded in 1868 by W. R. Kennedy. It soon had four general merchandise and plantation supply stores, drug stores, a sawmill, and a gristmill. After its founding, with a population of 120, there were four churches, including Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Methodist Protestant, Missionary Baptist, and Primitive Baptist. The community was known for its school, good drinking water, and land, often available for as little as $5 per acre.
The community has a Baptist church, founded in 1881, and a Methodist church, founded in 1876.
Summerfield lies in proximity to the Monroe/El Dorado, Arkansas DMA market. Although in the Shreveport market, Monroe channels such as KTVE and KNOE can be received through an over the air antenna. Satellite subscribers receive their media from KTBS and KSLA, the ABC and CBS outlets in Shreveport.
Highways such as LA Hwy 9 and LA Alternate 2 run through Summerfield as well as other rural parish roads.
- Karl Malone, Hall of Fame basketball player at Louisiana Tech University, and the Utah Jazz. Malone also holds two Olympic gold medals for basketball.
- "Summerfield Founded 1868 by Kennedy: One of Oldest Towns in Northern Part of Parish", Minden Signal-Tribune in Minden, and Springhill Journal in Springhill, undated 1933 Historical Edition
- "Welcome to Summerfield High School." Claiborne Parish Schools. Retrieved on October 2, 2010.
- "Post Office Location - SUMMERFIELD." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on October 2, 2010.