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A REAL CAJUN EXPERIENCE IN THE HEART OF CAJUN PRAIRIE COUNTRY.

LEARN our history and folklore; VISIT our elegant architecture of Crowley's huge historic district & Cajun gift shops. Visit the Historic Rice Theatre, the restored Crowley Motor Company building, known as city hall and is home to the Rice Interpretive Center where you can learn the history of rice production, and J.D. Miller Recording Studio the oldest recording studio in continuous existence in the state of Louisiana and is best known for its Cajun, Zydeco and Country releases.

REGIONS OF ACADIA PARISH

CHURCH POINT, LOUISIANA

BUGGY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD,CAJUN MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

Located at the intersection of LA Hwy. 35 & 95
102 Church St., Church Point, LA 70525
Fax: 337-684-6891
http://www.churchpoint-la.com/

The name Church Point was derived from the original name of the settlement, Plaquemine Brulee and the location of the first chapel. Jesuit missionaries serving the chapel referred to the site as "La Chapelle de La Pointe de Plaquemine Brulee," or Church at the Point. The name was eventually anglicized to Church Point. 


Many old timers still refer to the town as "Pointe de l'Eglise." Church Point's claim of the "Buggy Capital of the World" was secured in the 1920's when many people traveled miles to attend services here. They are also famous for the authentic horseback Cajun-French "Courier de Mardi Gras" held the Sunday before the traditional Fat Tuesday. Cajun Wood Stock is held the last Saturday in April to Benefit St. Jude Research Hospital. Buggy Town Playground, built in 2008 was imagined by children & built by the community working side by side this project was completed in 5 full days. Also, stop by Le Vieux Moulin Mardi Gras Costume Shop ,for authentic handmade Cajun Mardi Gras Costumes, Masks & Accessories where they build, repair, buy, sell antique & modern clocks.

CROWLEY, LOUISIANA

WHERE LIFE IS RICE AND EASY

Located 0ff I-10 Exits 80 and 82
425 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley, LA 70526
Fax: 337-788-4146
http://www.crowley-la.com/

Crowley is a great example of the wonderful Life southwest Louisiana has to offer. Lined with beautiful crepe myrtle trails and oak-lined streets, Crowley has an extraordinary historic district that includes over two hundred structures featuring turn of the century Victorian homes and commercial district that includes the newly completed Rice Interpretative Center and Museum. 


The historic Rice Theatre features monthly Gospel, Cajun, and Country music nights. The Parish seat, Crowley is home of Miller Stadium, one of the foremost baseball facilities in the southwest and Hengens Park, a recreational facility second to none. The International Rice festival and Carnival d'Acadie a Mardi Gras celebration, are held annually in the "Rice Capital"

RAYNE, LOUISIANA

THE FROG CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

Louisiana City of MuralsLocated right off 1-10 Exit 87
P.O.Box 69, 801 The Boulevard, Rayne, LA 7057
http://www.rayne.org

Explore the past. Enjoy the present. Rayne was not built in a day. It goes back to the 1800's when the railroad came to town. First called Pouppeville, but was later changed to honor the engineer who laid the tracks - Rayne. Today, folks know us for our frogs, but it all started when a trio of Parisians, Jaques Weill and his brothers, began a profitable export business, shipping our hoppy residents to restaurants across the country. There's also St. Joseph's Cemetery, listed in Ripley's Believe It or Not! as the only known U.S. cemetery facing north-south. 


This is only the beginning, and to learn more, you've just got to come visit. Open your eyes to the beauty that surrounds you. In Rayne, art is everywhere. It is inescapable. Murals leap out at every turn, created by masters of the art form and citizens with an eye for capturing the uniqueness of the area. The Bernard-Bertrand Museum, a home with its own colorful history, is now home to wonderful works by area artists. Step by step down Louisiana Avenue, stroll into the pages of a Louisiana history book. Your eye is drawn to architectural details that take you back in time. 

Antique shops are for browsing and buying or reliving a bit of the past. Historic charm, mesmerizing murals, antique attractions, Old Louisiana come to life. Welcome to Rayne, Louisiana, City of friends and frogs. Where the simple things leave the biggest impression. Simply strolling through the streets is one of the most pleasant experiences you can have. For a day or two, there's just so much to do in Rayne!

ESTHERWOOD, LOUISIANA

VILLAGE OF ESTHERWOOD

Located 6 miles west of Crowley on Hwy. 90 (Old Spanish Trail)
124 North LeBlanc Street. P.O. Box 167,Estherwood, LA 70534
Fax: 337-783-0596

Like other towns created by the coming of the train, Estherwood was named by, and probably for a railroad official or member of his family. One opinion of how Estherwood's name came about is a combination of two names, the result of a compromise made to end a controversy over whether to name the place Wood, for a Dr. Wood, or Esther, for the wife of the section foreman of the railroad. Another version explains the "wood" part as follows: the station was a re-fueling point for the early wood-burning engines, and the name was derived from the large quantities of wood which were stored near the station. 


Before the railroad came through the place was known as Coulee Trieve, so named for an early settler, Jean Baptiste Trieve who had built a cabin on the coulee about 1816. A mysterious and sinister figure, Trieve was believed to have been a pirate. One of the early civic leaders of Estherwood was Jacob Kollitz, who established a place of business near the site of the old pirate's cabin in 1891. When the Village was incorporated in 1901, Kollitz was one of the alderman. The village had a population of 300. The Kollitz home is still in existence, and is presently owned by the estate of Ms. Marilyn LeLeux. Another Estherwood landmark is the Hoyt home, which was built in 1899 by Edward T. Hoyt, better known as "Jasmine Lawn". Although this home has had several owners since the Hoyt's, it is now in the ownership of Edward & Paula Gonzalez.

MERMENTAU, LOUISIANA

VILLAGE OF MERMENTAU

Located 14 miles west of Crowley on Hwy. 90 (Old Spanish Trail)
104 7th Street. Mermentau, LA 70556
Phone: 337-824-8466
Fax: 337-824-6973

In the last quarter of the 18th century, there was an Attakapas chief by the name of Nementou. On April 16, 1784, he sold land on Bayou Plaquemine Brulee to Antoine Blanc. Nementou is later mentioned as the chief of a village on the river of the same name

Morse, Louisiana

VILLAGE OF MORSE

Located on Hwy. 91, 4 miles south of Midland
232 South Jules, Morse, LA 70559
Phone: 337-783-7555
Fax: 337-783-7555

When the railroad was extended southward from Midland into Vermilion Parish in 1896, a station was created at Morse, about four miles south of Midland. It was built to serve settlers who had bought land from W.W. Duson and was named for a railroad official. A post office, known as Lorna, was established on April 30, 1898. The name of the village was changed to Morse on July 1, 1900. It was named for S.F.B. Morse, a Southern Pacific official. Morse was incorporated as a village on March 27, 1906. Alcee Henry was the first mayor.

IOTA, LOUISIANA

1-10 Exit 76 take LA 1120 North, 6 miles to LA 98. left 1 1/2 miles
116 Duson Avenue, Iota, LA 70543
Phone: 337-779-2597
Fax: 337-779-2599

The mural of Tee-Mamou Mardi Gras (located on old Bourgeois General Store, built in 1914), allows you to experience the "Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival." Mineral springs made Iota the home of Pointe-aux-Loups, an early health spa. "Pointe aux-Loups," translated to English is "Wolf Point," one of the oldest places named in the Acadia Parish area. It was once a well-known summer resort because of the medicinal springs there.

Tourist Commission Board Members

Executive Director - Gwen Hanks

Gwen Hanks

Executive Director

Crowley LA. 70572

Amy Thibodeaux

Crowley Chamber

Crowley LA. 70527

Fram Bihm

Rayne Chamber

Rayne LA. 70578

Darlene Guidry

Town of Church Point

Church Point LA. 70525

Keith Henry

Village of Mermentau

Mermentau LA. 70556

Suzette Leonards

City of Rayne

Rayne LA. 70578

Dolores Venable

Town of Iota

Iota LA. 70543

Paul Broussard

Village of Estherwood

Estherwood LA. 70534

Nora Benoit

Village of Morse

Morse LA. 70559

Charlotte Jeffers

City of Crowley

Crowley LA. 70527

Kelly Hundley

Member at Large

Church Point LA. 70525

Bart Wild

Member at Large

Crowley LA. 70526