LAFOURCHE PARISH

THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA

Louisiana Travel | Laurel Valley Plantation Museum BY: Susan Arcement

For a glimpse back on life on a 19th century sugarcane plantation, stop by Laurel Valley Plantation Museum.The country store is a museum of rural life antiques and also sells crafts and artworks made by local residents of the Bayou Lafourche area.There’s local honey, jars of homemade jellies and you can even pick up a jar of fresh gumbo file.

Purchase a bag of corn to feed the barnyard animals as you stroll through the yard where sheds of old farm machinery are housed.Every Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. wooden boat building classes are held and you can watch as builders work on lake skiffs and pirogues.The centerpiece of the farmyard is a dummy train that was used for collecting sugar cane to be processed at the mill.

Pick up a map in the general store for a drive through tour of the village.The driving tour is a couple of miles through a working cane field to Laurel Valley Village where you’ll see tenant houses from the 1800s and a school house built in 1906.

What Cajun Daughters love about Laurel Valley:A great place to meet and talk with the locals. Kids love feeding and petting the farm animals.

Located 2 miles south of Thibodaux on Hwy. 308
Opened daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.