Lost and Forgotten Places of Acadiana

When it comes to physical history, many times the old buildings are torn down to make room for new and modern ones or sites are redeveloped. The problem with this line of thought is that many old buildings or sites have a story to tell. These untold stories and places for various reasons end up lost to the community, such as for the cost for upkeep, the time it would take to process the land or building to save and ultimately peoples’ memories. “Lost and Forgotten Places of Acadiana” is a tour that exists to give back these stories of places that are either lost or forgotten to the public so that these pieces of heritage do not truly become lost in memory.

The tour “Lost and Forgotten Places of Acadiana,” will showcase various stories of Acadiana’s past and heritage. Within these stories that are in the tour are various historic themes. Such as the many lost Civil War sites that took place all over Louisiana, the remnants of the Acadians that settled in the area or the forgotten legacies of the Native Americans. Other broader themes included are the lifestyles of southern people and education that appear in the plantations, towns, and schools.


The Famous Livable Corner Bank

Scott, Louisiana is full of rural characteristics and has several historic buildings. Many of the buildings throughout the city resemble a special style and are similar historically. Downtown Scott is split into two sections by the railroad tracks.…

The Many Faces of a Store

LOCATION: LAFAYETTE, LAFAYETTE PARISH, LA COORDINATES: 30.225685, -92.018216 (433 JEFFERSON ST.) STATUS: REPLACED Like in many towns anywhere in the world, buildings can take on different faces throughout their lives. Lafayette is no exception…

The Liberty Theater Takes Over Eunice

The New Liberty Theatre is a place full of culture thriving out of Eunice, Louisiana in St. Landry Parish! “Southwest Louisiana’s Premier Temple of Amusement” was one of its first names in 1924. The theatre opened its doors in the City of Eunice and…

"Saddest Funeral on the Teche"

The small town of New Iberia, Louisiana has a unique secret that thrives inside this local high school. Over 170 years ago Mount Carmel Academy opened its doors! The academy was originally for girls and helping with their development. The historic…

The Resurrection of Darby Plantation

Considered to be one of the most famous paintings by the celebrated Cajun painter, George Rodgrigue, the Aioli Dinner features a group of men sitting around a large table set for a meal under the shade of a large live oak tree in the early…

Thousands of German POWs in Acadiana During WWII

Many of us have older relatives, perhaps a grandfather, a dad, or a great uncle who fought overseas during WWII, but many of us are unaware that at the time the US was housing over 425,000 enemy POWs (mostly Germans, but also Italians and a few…

Hidden Town of Sherburne

LOCATION: POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA COORDINATES: 30.462429, -91.714972 STATUS: FORGOTTEN AND LOST In the 1880s the lumber business came to Louisiana and as the tracts of uncut forest were large, sawmills easily popped up, as the mill itself was…

Sunken Steamboat in Bayou Teche

In Bayou Teche just north of Franklin, Louisiana sits a sunken steamboat from Civil War times. The ship is named CSS Tom Sugg or the USS Tensas. The ship was captured during the Civil War which is why it is given two names. This ship now lies under…

Forgotten History of the Calumet Plantation

The Calumet Plantation is a large plantation house located north of Patterson, Louisiana in West Baton Rouge Parrish. The house sits on the site of the Battle of Fort Bisland during the Civil War. This battle involved 25,000 soldiers along with…

The Lost History of Uncle Sam Plantation

The Uncle Sam Plantation is a demolished plantation in Convent, Louisiana. The plantation was one of the most extensive sugar cane plantations in its time. Uncle Sam Plantation was originally known as Constancia Plantation prior to 1864. It was…

The Lost Treasure of the Tunica Tribe

The Tunica Treasure is a once lost treasure from the Tunica-Biloxi tribe. The treasure moved across Louisiana over many years and was lost after the chief who owned it died. The treasure includes musket parts, iron tools, jewelry, French and tribal…

The Lost Town of Morrisonville

LOCATION: PLAQUEMINE, IBERVILLE PARISH, LA COORDINATES: 30.322331, -91.227700 (Nazarene Baptist’s Cemetery) STATUS: LOST The small, historic town of Morrisonville in Iberville Parish is not only lost to its past residences but also to history.…

Every Child Should be Loved

In the 1920's, St. Mary’s Orphange opened its doors. The home welcomed abandoned and orphaned children to a renovated old building to be cared for. In 1924, the orphanage was created by Bishop Jules B. Jeanmard. He then managed the home and…

"Keep Holy Rosary Alive"

It was during the last quarter of the nineteenth century in 1913, the prestigious Holy Rosary Institute opened its doors. It began as an industrial school for young African American woman in Galveston, Texas then later on in the year it moved to…

Old Opelousas City Hall/Town Market

The old Opelousas City Hall was once the center of one of the oldest towns in Louisiana. Today it is nothing more than a run-down building sitting on a street corner in downtown Opelousas. Many people can tell what it once was due to the words “City…

Old City Hall

LOCATION: LAFAYETTE, LAFAYETTE PARISH, LA COORDINATES: 30.222657, -92.020472 (217 W. MAIN ST. LAFAYETTE) STATUS: FORGOTTEN One of the first buildings in the town of Lafayette to be on the National Register of Historic Places was, the…

The Largest Plantation Ever Built

LOCATION: WHITE CASTLE, IBERVILLE PARISH, LA COORDINATES: 30.185731, -91.120011 STATUS: LOST One of the largest plantations to ever be built in Louisiana and in the South was the Belle Grove Plantation of White Castle. This southern mansion was…