Labadieville Louisiana & Bayou Lafourche


St. Philomena Catholic Church, established 1847, Labadieville, LouisianaSt. Philomena Catholic Church, Labadieville, Louisiana

In the heart of Cajun Country and Acadiana, Labadieville is located in south Louisiana on Louisiana Highway LA-1 on the banks of historic Bayou Lafourche. Our family roots are from Labadieville, and nearby Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Plattenville and Thibodeaux.

My grandfather worked in the sugar cane fields along Bayou Lafourche, and my ancestors had original land grants in this area.

Location of Labadieville

Labadieville is located in Assumption Parish along the banks of Bayou Lafourche, and the home to about 1,800 residents. Labadieville, originally called "Brulee Labadie", takes its name from a French pioneer and resident, Jean Louis LaBadie.

Area communities include Thibodaux, Paincourtville, Plattenville, Raceland, Morgan City, Lockport, Des Allemands, Chauvin, Houma, Pierre Part, and Napoleonville.

Labadieville Area Attractions

St. Philomena Catholic Church is a historic structure, with history dating back to the mid-1700s. Its cemetery is a sacred place, the resting place for generations of Acadians, French, and early Louisiana residents. In 1843, a mission was established. St. Philomena Catholic church dates from 1848 as an organized parish and the first mass was said in the home of Widow Zacharie Boudreaux. The first building was occupied in 1847.

Rienzi Plantation in nearby Thibodaux was built in 1796, and remains an icon in Thibodaux. Historic churches such as the St. Joseph Catholic Church and Co-Cathedral, and St. John's Episcopal Church are popular tourist destinations.

The Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, operated by the National Park Service, hosts special events and demonstrates the French and Acadian culture which remains strong in Thibodaux.

The Edward Douglas White Historic Site is the home of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Lafourche Parish in 1845. Many other area attractions are available, from plantation tours to swamp tours.

Swamp Tours in the Labadieville Area

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps!

Swamp tours are available starting at a number of area communities such as Houma, Thibodaux, Gibson, Kraemer, Patterson, Napoleonville and Theriot.

Learn more about Swamp Tours Near Houma, Morgan City & Thibodaux

Bayou Lafourche near Labadieville, LouisianaBayou LaFourche

Bayou Lafourche

Bayou Lafourche is a 106 mile long waterway which stretches from Donaldsonville, at the Mississippi River, to the Gulf of Mexico. From Donaldsonville, it flows through Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Labadieville, Thibodaux, Raceland, Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow and finally into the Gulf near Leeville and Port Fouchon.

Originally called the Chetimachas River, it flows through Ascension Parish, Assumption Parish and Lafourche Parish. Many of the early Cajuns settled along the bayou. On the west side of the bayou is Louisiana Highway 1, and on the east bank is LA 308.

The name Lafourche is from the French word for "fork", and comes from the fact that the bayou historically carried a large amount of water from the Mississippi River. Naturally a Mississippi River outlet, Bayou Lafourche was dammed at Donaldsonville in 1905.

The dam cut off nourishment and replenishment of a huge wetland area of south Louisiana, and the bayou was gradually transformed into a stagnant ditch. Today, design efforts are underway to resume part of the flow from the Mississippi River to bring life back to the bayou.

Map of Labadieville Louisiana

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Lafourche Parish Courthouse in downtown Thibodaux, LA

St. Philomena Catholic Church, established 1847, Labadieville, Louisiana

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St. Philomena Catholic Church, established 1847, Labadieville, Louisiana

Exterior of St. Philomena Catholic Church

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St. Philomena Catholic Church, established 1847, Labadieville, Louisiana

Rectory of St. Philomena Catholic Church

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Rectory of St. Philomena Catholic Church

Welcome to St. Philomena Cemetery, established 1841

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Welcome to St. Philomena Cemetery, established 1841

St. Philomena Cemetery, Labadieville, Louisiana

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St. Philomena Cemetery, Labadieville, Louisiana

St. Philomena Cemetery, Labadieville, Louisiana

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St. Philomena Cemetery, Labadieville, Louisiana

St. Philomena Cemetery, Labadieville, Louisiana

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St. Philomena Cemetery, Labadieville, Louisiana

Sugar Cane Fields, Labadieville, Louisiana

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Sugar Cane Fields, Labadieville, Louisiana

Home in Labadieville, Louisiana, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche

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Home in Labadieville, Louisiana, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche

Home in Labadieville, Louisiana, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche

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Home in Labadieville, Louisiana, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche

Home in Labadieville, Louisiana, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche

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Home in Labadieville, Louisiana, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche

Ancient live oak tree, Labadieville, Louisiana

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Ancient live oak tree, Labadieville, Louisiana

Naquin Settlement, established September 10, 1785. Land grant by France to Joseph Jacques Naquin, Labadieville, Louisiana

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Naquin Settlement, estabished September 10, 1785. Land grant by France to Joseph Jacques Naquin, Labadieville, Louisiana

Bayou Lafourche

Labadieville, Louisiana

Bayou Lafourche near Labadieville, Louisiana

 

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