Iota in Acadia

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 […]


Istre Cemetery in Acadia

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 […]


Mermentau in Acadia

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


Estherwood in Acadia

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 […]


Rayne in Acadia

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 […]


Crowley in Acadia

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.  […]

Church Point

Church Point in Acadia

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 […]