St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Martinville, Louisiana

once known as Petit Paris

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St. Martinville

Long before Europeans and Africans settled along the Bayou Teche, Native Americans had hunting camps in the area. Before roads, the Bayou Teche was a highway navigable for over 100 miles and helped sustain settlers and the commerical development of St. Martinville.   The Acadians, who were forcibly removed from their farmsteads in old Acadie (present day Nova Scotia), arrived here in 1765 when the acting governor sent 193 refugees to establish a village.

St. Martinville was the sixth community to be named a city in the State of Louisiana.  In the 1800s, St. Martinville was also known as “Petit Paris”, due to the city’s attraction as a cultural mecca with good hotels and a theater which featured the best operas and witty comedies.

As one of the oldest surviving towns in Louisiana, St. Martinville retains many buildings and homes reflecting the beautiful architecture of days gone by.  The city’s Creole heritage is strongly represented by its inhabitants and is reflected in the cuisine, culture, and customs. In addition, St. Martinville has become internationally symbolic of the Acadian legacy, holding sacred the history and legends of the Acadian people who settled in Louisiana.

Use the menus on the right to plan your trip to St. Martinville, Louisiana!

St. Martin de Tours Church Tour de Teche St Martin Square, photo by Pam Trahan St. Martinville Cyclists

For more information:

St. Martin Parish Tourist Commission
337-442-1597 or 888-565-5939

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