New Iberia Louisiana


Travel to New Iberia Louisiana: Tabasco, Bayou Teche & Plantations

Annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
New Iberia, Louisiana
September 21-24, 2017

The City of New Iberia is located on U.S. Highway 90 between New Orleans and Lafayette on the banks of the historic Bayou Teche.

It is the parish seat of Iberia Parish, and was founded in 1779 and incorporated in 1839.

New Iberia is in the heart of Acadiana, and home to the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival each September. The population is about 14,000 residents, and the Zip Codes are 70560 and 70563.

Beautiful home in New Iberia, Louisiana, along Bayou Teche Lovely home on Bayou Teche, New Iberia Louisiana
(photograph by the author)

Shadows on the Teche

We've visited New Iberia for decades. Area attractions include the beautiful Shadows on the Teche plantation home. It was built in 1831-1834 for sugarcane planter David Weeks and his wife Mary C. Weeks.

A simple porticoed facade of eight columns marks the exterior of the facade, and help to support a second floor verandah. The Shadows was built on the edge of one of Weeks's sugarcane plantations.

Many other lovely, historic homes are located along Bayou Teche, and throughout the city.

Shadows on the Teche plantation in New Iberia, Louisiana, with azaleas in bloom in the spring
Shadows on the Teche plantation in New Iberia, Louisiana
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

 

Avery Island, Jungle Gardens, and Tabasco Sauce

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Nearby Avery Island is home of the world-famous Tabasco Sauce and the oldest salt mine in North America, and Jungle Gardens. The island was named after the Avery family, who settled there in the 1830s. But even the American Indians in the area knew about the massive underground salt dome.

Avery Island is very near the Gulf of Mexico, only three miles inland from Vermilion Bay. Avery Island remains a natural, sub-tropical paradise, home to massive like oaks, azaleas, camellias, and exotic plants from around the world.

Before the Civil War, Edmund McIlhenny joined the Avery family by marrying Mary Eliza Avery, daughter of Daniel Dudley Avery and Sarah Marsh Avery. In 1868, McIlhenny founded McIlhenny Company and began manufacturing Tabasco brand pepper sauce and shortly aftwards received patent for his sauce processing formula.

Tabasco sauce today is made from the same family formula, using tabasco peppers, vinegar, and salt, and aged in white oak barrels for three years. It has a hot, spicy flavor, and is popular across the USA and the world. Tours of the Tabasco plant on Avery Island are popular and fun!

Thousands of birds make their home on Avery Island, during the year and the winter months as well.

Visitors, eco-tourists, and bird watchers come from far and wide to see the bird rookeries, and alligators in the ponds and lagoons.

Rip Van Winkle Gardens and the Jefferson Home

Nearby Jefferson Island is the Joseph Jefferson Mansion, built in 1870 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places This charming twenty-two room Southern mansion, with a fourth-story cupola, is part of the popular Rip Van Winkle Gardens.

Joseph Jefferson Mansion at Jefferson Island, Louisiana, part of the Rip Van WInkle Gardens
Joseph Jefferson Mansion at Jefferson Island, Louisiana
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)


Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin Area

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps! Most tours are concentrated in South Louisiana.

The area between Lafayette and Baton Rouge offers a number of swamp tours, operating from communities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, St. Martinvile and Plaquemine.

Learn more about Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Bayou Teche

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Bayou Teche is a 125 mile long waterway, beginning to the north at Port Barre where it draws water from Bayou Courtableau, and flowing to the south through the towns of Leonville, Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville, and then to New Iberia.

From here, it continues its journey to south, through Jeanerette, Berwick, Baldwin, Franklin, and finally to the point where the bayou meets the Atchafalaya River near Patterson.

The name "Teche" is a Chitimacha Indian word meaning "snake", related to the bayou's twists and turns resembling a snake's movement.

 

New Iberia Louisiana Map

New Iberia Louisiana Photographs

Shown below are a few photos taken during trips to New Iberia and Avery Island, plus some historic images from the Louisiana Destinations Archives.

Beautiful home on historic Bayou Teche

New Iberia, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Beautiful home in New Iberia, Louisiana, along Bayou Teche

Beautiful southern plantation style home on Bayou Teche

New Iberia, Louisiana

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Beautiful home in New Iberia, Louisiana, along Bayou Teche

Two-story home in New Iberia, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Beautiful home in New Iberia, Louisiana, along Bayou Teche

Old live oak tree, touching the ground, in New Iberia, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Old live oak tree, touching the ground, in New Iberia, Louisiana

Historical marker of the former home of Frederick Larned Gates

New Iberia, Louisiana

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Historical marker of the former home of Frederick Larned Gates

St. Peter's Catholic Church

New Iberia, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

St. Peter's Catholic Church, New Iberia, Louisiana

Jungle Gardens Louisiana

Jungle Gardens Louisiana

Shadows on the Teche, New Iberia, Louisiana

April, 1961

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Shadows on the Teche, New Iberia, Louisiana

Azaleas in Bloom

Avery Island, Louisiana

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Azaleas in Bloom, Avery Island near New Iberia Louisiana

Caution! Alligators Are Dangerous!

Avery Island, Louisiana

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Caution! Alligators Are Dangerous! Avery Island Louisiana

Can We Pet You?

Avery Island, Louisiana

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Alligator on the bank of a bayou, near New Iberia, Louisiana

Excellent Swimmer!

Avery Island, Louisiana

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Alligator swimming in a swamp, near New Iberia, Louisiana

The Rookery

Avery Island, Louisiana

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Bird rookery, Avery Island, Louisiana

Historic, vintage postcard of Bayou Teche, Louisiana

Bayou Teche, Louisiana

 

 

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