New Iberia, Louisiana
In New Iberia you can visit the magnificent pre-war villa "Shadows on the Teche", and then continue to Avery Island, where the famous Tabasco sauce is mixed (guided tours) and the Rip van Winkle Gardens with their superabundance of tropical plants.New Iberia (pop. 32,000) was settled by French Acadians who fled Nova Scotia, Spaniards joined them in 1779 and called the settlement Nueva Iberia.
Shadows-on-the-Teche in New Iberia is an historic house that tells the story of a 19th century Louisiana plantation. The story is best told through a collection of original family photos, letters and documents. The gardens are filled with azaleas, camellias and live oaks.
Address: 317 East Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560-3728, United States
Opening hours: 9am-4:30pm; Closed: Sun
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $10.00, Senior over 65 $8.00, Child 17 & under $6.50, Child 6 & under FREE
Rip Van Winkle Gardens on Jefferson Island
The Rip Van Winkle Gardens near New Iberia features 25 acres of landscaped scenic gardens, with sculptures surrounding the Joseph Jefferson home. The 1870 home is detailed in Steamboat Gothic and Moorish architectural styles.
Address: 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia, LA 70560-8167, United States
Opening hours: 9am-4pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $10.00, Senior $8.00, Child $8.00
Useful tips: The last tour starts at 4:00 pm.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Facilities: Restaurant or food service
Konrico Rice Mill
The Konrico Rice Mill in New Iberia still uses turn of the century equipment to process their rice.
Address: 307 Ann Street, New Iberia, LA 70560-4719, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Closed: Sun
Always closed on: American Independance Day (Jul 4), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Tours are at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Avery Island, Louisiana
Avery Island was created by ancient salt deposits beneath the Mississippi delta. It is the home of Tabasco Sauce and a rock salt mine that has been used since the Civil War. The salt was originally used as a food preservative.
Jungle Gardens on Avery Island has a wide variety of camelias, azaleas, tropical plants and is a bird sanctuary developed by the late Edward Avery McIlheny. During nesting, it is home to more than 20,000 herons and egrets. The Chinese Garden has bamboo stands and a Buddha dating from A.D. 1000.
EA McIlhenny was the founder of the McIlhenny Company and created Tabasco Sauce after receiving a special variety of red capsicum pepper seeds from Central America in 1868. Visitors to the island can tour the factory.