Abbeville Travel Guide

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Abbeville Overview

Abbeville is a very pleasant town of about 12,000 (up 4% since 2000) located at the intersection of US Highway 167 and several Louisiana Highways, in Vermillion Parish in Southwest Louisiana. The land that became Abbeville was purchased by Father Antoine Megret in 1843 and was named La Chapelle after Father Megret's home in France. Abbeville is the parish seat of Vermillion Parish. Vermillion Parish has long been inhabited: First by paleo-Indians, then by the Chitimacha and Atakapa Tribes. French and Spanish explorers came through the area, and many French, Spanish, and Acadians settled here; joined later by many immigrants from Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe. Many slaves came here and remained after they achieved freedom. Much of the southern part of Vermillion Paris was devastated by Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina.

There are several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest in Abbeville. There are two districts of Abbeville, along with about a dozen buildings, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of my favorites is the St Mary Magdalene Church.

Abbeville has a few very nice museums including one honoring veterans from the state of Louisiana.

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