This is a beautiful ride along Bayou Plaquemine and Bayou Grosse Tete. Enjoy typical Louisiana scenery as you pedal along these old waterways that were used for many years by early settlers of the region. The town of Plaquemine is a great place to admire historic architecture, as it features a large variety of architectural styles and antebellum buildings.
National Geographic has documented Indian settlements in Plaquemine from well over 1,000 years ago. In fact, peaceful Bayou Plaquemine got its name from the Illonis Indian tribe word “Piakemine,” which means persimmon, because of the abundance of persimmon trees growing along the waterway.
The best way to enjoy the beauty of downtown Plaquemine’s architectural gems is to take a walking tour. Start with the magnificent St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, built in the late 1920s and considered a pure example of Italian Romanesque architecture. It features massive exterior columns matched by huge oak doors. A short walk south is St. John Rectory. The 1880s building is home to the pastor of St. John Church.