New Iberia Travel Guide

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New Iberia Overview

New Iberia is a town of about 31,000 (down 5% since 2000) located along US Highway 90 and a number of Louisiana Highways along the banks of the Bayou Teche in Southern Louisiana. New Iberia was settled in 1779 by immigrants from the Andalusia part of Spain and named for the Iberian Peninsula. The town was incorporated in 1839. New Iberia is the parish seat of Iberia Parish which was established in 1868. The first "courthouse" was just a rented space until a real courthouse was built in 1884. The current courthouse replaced that one and was built in 1940. New Iberia was the residence of famed mystery writer James Lee Burke and his fictional detective Dave Robicheaux. They have made a few movies based on Burke's books like "In the Electric Mist" starring Tommy Lee Jones. Burke does a great job of bringing the area to life.

There is one historic district and over 20 individual buildings in New Iberia listed on the National Register of Historic Places (including several plantations). The most famous one is probably the Shadows on the Teche Plantation.

There are two museums that I know of in New Iberia: The Bayou Teche Museum; and the Shadows on the Teche Plantation.

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