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For a look into the rich and unique history of Cajun Country, this route is an excellent choice. All along Bayou Teche, towns sprang up to accommodate travelers, settlers and steamboats carrying sugar, cotton, timber and other products to New Orleans. Along the route is Alice Plantation built in 1796 and Oaklawn Manor built in 1837.

In the community of Charenton, stop by the Chitimacha Museum or the Charenton Heritage Museum. Consider a side trip to New Iberia, where you could visit historic Shadows-on-the-Teche. In the town of Franklin visit the restored 1851 Grevemberg House Museum, a Greek Revival-style townhouse filled with beautiful antiques. Franklin’s first settlers developed large sugar plantations, some of which remain almost intact today. The town’s past includes a history of steamboating, as Franklin was an interior port accessed by steamboats in the early 19th century.