Four stops are included in this
tour of the Thibodaux area. Arrange to visit as many as your
schedule permits. A shady picnic site is located on Bayou
Lafourche, across from
Nicholls State University, on Hwy. 1.
Here you will find tables, grills, a dock over the bayou, and
resident ducks, always looking for a handout. Alternatively,
fast food is available on Hwy. 1 or Hwy. 20.
American Sugar Cane League
206 E. Bayou Rd.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Allow 1-2 weeks advance notice.
Sugar cane industry in Lafourche Parish
Grades 5-12 and adult. Limit to 22 people.
Indoor 15-minute video presentation.
Go to the American Sugar Cane League office to
view a 15-minute film, "200 Years of Raisin' Cane," on
the sugar cane industry. A media pack is also available from
Louisiana State University. Call the Sugar Cane League for more
Following the video, ask the research specialist about
soil erosion and its impact on sugarcane farming.
Discuss the impact of saltwater intrusion and land loss on
the sugarcane industry.
Discuss problems with pesticides and fertilizers that wash
from fields following heavy rains and enter bayous and
canals. What impact do they have on the waterways? What
changes have been made to control these occurrences?
Discuss crop dusting and its impact on non-crop vegetation
Laurel Valley Village/Plantation Museum and
595 Hwy. 308
Thibodaux, LA 70301
(504) 447-2902 to arrange tours
(504) 446-7456 -Country Store
Store Hours: Tuesday-Friday,
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays
Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Guided or self-guided. Cultural/historical and
Historic village and plantation within a modern
sugar cane farm.
K-12 and adult.
Guided tour of village lasts 45 minutes for older
students, less time for younger. Allow an additional 1/2 hour or
more for museum/country store and grounds. Only ten students are
allowed in the store at a time.
Self-guided tour is free. A tour with a Nicholls
State University History Professor is $.25 - $1.25 per student,
depending on age. Adult rate is $3.00. Minimum of 10 persons for
a guided tour.
Six miles southeast of Thibodaux on Hwy. 308.
Located in the center of Laurel Valley
Plantation on Bayou Lafourche, it is the site of the
largest, most intact remaining turn-of-the-century sugar
plantation complex in the southern United States. In the
village, the visitor will drive past rows of century-old
faded cypress tenant houses, the remains of the giant sugar
mill, the two-story boarding house for migrant workers, and
the one-room schoolhouse and more. Because the village
buildings have not yet been restored, visitors may view them
from outside only.
The museum/country store area offers
local crafts, and a museum of farm implements and other
relics. Outside, visitors may view an array of antique
tractors and also several train engines. A recent addition
to Laurel Valley is the boat builder's shop, where visitors
can watch craftsmen work on the construction of a cypress
Go to the American Sugar Cane League office on Hwy.
308 for the video presentation before you visit Laurel
Take the guided oi>Take the guided or self-guided
tour of the village. Notice the sugar cane fields on
either side of the road. Determine the stage of planting
or growth of the cane in the fields.
Purchase corn at the country store and feed the farm
Cross Bayou Lafourche at the first bridge northwest
(towards Thibodaux). Travel 1-2 miles up Hwy. 1 to
Nicholls State University. Park on the road shoulder
across from Nicholls (by the fountain) and picnic at
shady tables along the bayou. Bring extra bread to feed
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park &
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center
Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center
(National Park Service)
314 St. Mary St.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Guided. Cultural/Historical, as influenced by
the south Louisiana environment. Allow 3-4 weeks advance
notice for regular program, more if you want a program
created to meet your needs.
Indoor cultural center on Bayou Lafourche.
Outdoor walkway along bayou.
Pre-K through adult
1 1/2 - 2 hours or more, depending on age of
students and scope of activities.
Located in downtown Thibodaux.
DESCRIPTION: The Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center offers
guided programs using age-appropried programs using
age-appropriate materials which are tied to the State
curriculum. Pre-visit and post-visit activities and
curriculum provide an introduction and a follow-up to your
visit. The theme of the program is the Acadian people and
the other diverse cultural groups that have settled in
Louisiana. Programs on other cultural topics such as:
transportation route evolution and how the South Louisiana
natural environment molded the culture of its inhabitants
may be requested. Rangers are willing to work with teachers
on a topic of their choice to create a meaningful program.
* Note: The more elaborate a program you want, the more
advance notice you need to give.
Occasionally, special events, such as Native American Day
are offered. This particular event includes demonstrations
of native American dance and crafts, with plenty of access
to native Americans for questions. To learn about these
events, call the center monthly. Your principal's office may
request that your school be on the mailing list to be
notified of upcoming events. Funds for mailing are limited,
so be sure that interest is sincere.
After the program, picnic on Bayou Lafourche at shady
tables across from Nicholls State University or lunch at
various restaurants and fast food stops.