Scenic highways run along both sides of the twisting, slow-moving Bayou Lafourche, which can set both the path and the leisurely pace for visitors to Assumption Parish. The roads link a series of towns and villages where busy sugar mills and the antebellum mansions of earlier sugar planters speak to the area's long agricultural tradition. The most prominent of these grand bayou homes is Madewood Plantation, a Greek Revival showpiece completed in 1846 near Napoleonville. Now an inn, it’s the venue for annual music events and holiday celebrations. Historic churches line the bayou route as well, including the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Plattenville, established in 1793, which gave the parish its name. Assumption's largest city, Pierre Part, lies just east of the magnificent Atchafalaya Basin. Nearby, Lake Verret and Belle River are renowned destinations for fishing, water sports and expeditions into dense cypress swamps.