St. Joseph’s Cemetery

St. Joseph Cemetery

St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Rayne is believed to be the only Christian cemetery in the United States where the graves face North to South, rather than the typical South to North. For this strange characteristic, the St. Joseph’s Cemetery has been featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” and has earned the nickname “Wrong Way […]

Grave Houses of Istre Cemetery

Istre Cemetery in Acadia

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, and on the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation‘s 2022 Endangered Places List. The Istre Cemetery is significant for its unique grave houses, small Acadian-style houses built to shelter the graves. No one knows exactly why they were built, but only 3 of the original grave […]

Le Musée

Arts and cultural hub for the Pointe-aux-Loups Cultural District in Iota. Le Musée hosts events, like the annual Bourbon and Cigar Night fundraiser, Taste of Iota, and more. Local art on display, as well as artifacts of Iota’s history.

Le Vieux Presbytère Museum

Le Vieux Presbytère Museum in Acadia

Built in 1883 as a parsonage or priests’ home, Le Vieux Presbytère houses Church Point’s museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places for being one of the few remaining two-story structures that feature walls constructed with bousillage, a mixture of spanish moss and clay. Open: Monday – Friday 11am-4pm and Saturdays from […]

Crowley Motor Co. & Ford Building

Crowley Motor Company in Acadia

In 1920, the Ford Motor Company constructed a three-story brick building and operated the Crowley Motor Company. The City of Crowley purchased the building in 2000 and now houses City Hall and 4 museums including the Rice Interpretive Center, History of Crowley, J.D. Miller Music Recording Studio, and the Ford Automotive Museum. Admission is free […]

Grand Opera House of the South

Grand Opera House of the South in Acadia

David E. Lyons, the “Amusement King,” built the Grand Opera House in 1901 and brought many successful plays and shows to Crowley. After Lyons’ death in 1940, the theatre closed and became a hardware store. In 1999, the building was purchased and completely restored by L.J. Gielen who then donated the entire 33,000-square-foot building to […]

Historic Rice Theatre

Historic Rice Theatre in Acadia

The Theatre was constructed in the 1940s and later sold to the City of Crowley in 1986. Today, the Historic Rice Theatre hosts various community events as well as musical and theatrical performances. Tours available by appointment. Contact: Val Meyers, Tourism Director for City of Crowley 337-783-0824

Le Vieux Dépot

Le Vieux Dépot

Le Vieux Dépot was built in 1907 when the Opelousas, Gulf, and Northeastern Railroad was created. Having served as a passenger depot and freight platform for over 70 years, the Dépot was purchased and preserved by the town and is open to the public. Community events are held there, including the Artisans’ Market which takes […]

Gravesite of Charlene Richard

Gravesite of Charlene Richard, “the little Cajun Saint.” Charlene was born January 13, 1947. After being diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia, she died on August 11, 1959, at the age of 12. During her confinement in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana, Charlene would offer her prayers and suffering to God each day […]

German Heritage Museum

German Heritage Museum

The museum houses a wealth of information on the German families who settled in Acadia, their culture and traditions, and how their lives in the Cove were affected by historic events, like World War II. Additionally, the Roberts Cove German Heritage Museum is a wonderful resource for genealogists or anyone seeking information on the area’s […]