Cultural sights in Louisiana
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Another option for wetlands exploration is to head further west of New Orleans. Positioned at the confluence of Bayous Lafourche and Terrebonne, Thibodaux ( ti -buh-dough; population 14,400) became the parish seat at a time when water travel was preeminent. It’s history that holds the interest for visitors here. Among the cane fields, Laurel Valley Village, about 2 miles east of town on Hwy 308, is one of the best-preserved assemblages of sugar plantation slave structures in the state. Overall, some 60 structures (c 1755) survive here, including the old general store and a school house.
Less flashy than Vermilionville is Acadian Village, where you follow a brick path around a rippling bayou to restored houses, craftsman barns and a church. If you’re lucky enough to be there on a day when Mr Manville is minding the school house, be sure to sit a spell. The octogenarian shares stories of his childhood, plays a tune on his fiddle, tells a joke or two and kisses the ladies’ hands – always the Cajun gentleman.