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Jeanerette Bicentennial Park & Museum

Jeanerette Bicentennial Park & Museum, sometimes called “Le Beau Petit Musee,” is located on the winding banks of Bayou Teche.  The 100-year-old cypress home built in 1902 contains a small historical sampling of life along the Teche.

The museum contains a display depicting the last 200 years of the sugar cane industry in Louisiana and features a 12-minute film on the making of sugar.  On the grounds of the museum is a patch of sugar cane, a working antique sugar mill and early-mechanized cane-harvesting equipment.

A mural of a beautiful swamp is the backdrop in the Swamp Room for over 40 native specimens of natural Louisiana wildlife including a 7-1/2-foot Canebrake rattlesnake and alligators.

The Cypress Room of the museum holds many hand-made cypress patterns that were used by the A. Moresi Foundry in manufacturing gears and other parts for sugar mills, sawmills, salt mines, rice mills and steamboats.  These cypress patterns date back to the mid-19th century.

Other attractions include turn-of-the-century furniture; a Victorian bedroom featuring handmade lace, tatting, French embroidery and crochet pieces; the Mardi Gras Room; Black History Room; and a library of local history.

You’ll find Jeanerette’s first fire truck, an original paymaster station, and old farm equipment on the grounds.  Also located on the museum grounds is the original gravesite of the founder of Jeanerette, Nicholas Provost.

The museum offers a gift shop and large playground and picnic facilities on Bayou Teche.

Jeanerette Bicentennial Park & Museum
500 East Main St. (Hwy 182) and Moresi Ally
Jeanerette, Louisiana
337-276-4408
www.jeanerettemuseum.com