Vermilion Parish is touted as “The Most Cajun Place on Earth.” So image how Cajun it gets in the Parish’s seat of Abbeville. It may be a small town, but it’s culture and history pack a major punch! There are so many different reasons to make a trip to Abbeville, and these are just a few of them.

History

Museums: It is the mission of The Louisiana Military Hall of Fame Museum to honor and celebrate the military veterans of Louisiana. The inductees include Louisiana’s 14 Medal of Honor recipients. Abbeville Cultural & Historical Museum & Art Gallery is a cultural center that features exhibits by local artists. Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum is the original blacksmith shop of Sam Guarina from 1920. Visitors can see the history of blacksmithing and the tools that were used.

The Square: If you’re looking for a concentrated dose of history and culture, look no further than Magdalen Square. The Depot at Magdalen Place is an 1894 wood frame railroad freight depot. It’s the perfect place to pick up information or unique gifts. The center of the Square’s beauty is St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. The cemetery was founded in 1844 and the present church was built in 1911. If you love this area so much you want it to be the backdrop of your next big event…that’s where Magdalen Place comes in. It’s “a venue that shows true southern charm.”

Sweet History: You can’t talk about history in Abbeville without talking about the sweetest part….Steen’s Syrup. The world famous 100% pure cane syrup mill was started in 1910 by C.S. Steen. The brand proclaims that after five generations, they still make their pure cane syrup “the same ol’ way – open kettle.” The yellow, oversized syrup cans are an iconic part of Abbeville’s landscape. 

Fun & Festivals

Stage & Sounds: If you want to take in some theatre…the Abbey Players have got you covered! This community theatre produces 3-4 main stage productions a year, plus a Children’s Theatre Guild performance each summer.  Sounds in the Squarejust concluded its spring series. But the outdoor concert series will be back!

Shopping: While this fashionable women’s boutique has expanded with a second location in New Iberia, Molly Michaels was established in Abbeville in 2009. They have the trendiest clothes, shoes and accessories! Chloe Rose Gifts is the perfect place to pick up a gift or a treat for yourself! They have religious items, accessories and candles and fragrances galore!

Festing: When it comes to festivals in Abbeville…one is all its cracked up to be…it’s eggcellent – the Giant Omelette Celebration. In November, chefs from around the world crack 5,000 eggs into a 12-foot skillet to make the world’s largest omelet. But that’s not the only festival in town. There’s also the Cattle Festival and the Daylily Festival and Garden Show.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Breakfast: Classic Cup is more than just a great cup of coffee (and it is a great cup of coffee). They have classic hot coffees, cold brews, teas and smoothies! There “Crown Worthy,” is a signature secret recipe made with…wait for it…vanilla ice cream! They also have a huge menu for lunch and dinner.

Lunch: Let’s be honest…any of these restaurants are great lunch and dinner options! We’re going to give a shout out to the new kid in town. The brand new Brew-Bacher’s Grill. This classic establishment has been crafting burgers, salads and poboys since 1983. They can’t wait to carry on the tradition in Abbeville.

Dinner:  You didn’t think we were going to talk about Abbeville and not mention seafood, did you? All of the options are iconic dining establishments! Shucks! The Louisiana Seafood House was founded in 1995 and specializes in authentic Cajun cuisine. The story of Dupuy’s dates all the way back to 1869.  Today, they’re still going strong with their world famous oysters and outstanding seafood. If you’re looking for a delicious dinner of seafood, steak and specialty cocktails…plus a view, you’re looking for RiverFront.

Originally published in Acadiana Lifestyle