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Vermilion Parish

Map of Vermilion ParishVermilion Parish, created in 1844, boasts of a population of approximately 53,000.  Acadian exiles moved into Vermilion Parish in the late eighteenth century and were among the first to settle the region.  Anglo-Americans and African-Americans, who were introduced as slaves on the sugar cane plantations, later joined the French-speaking Acadians.  The parish's population, however, has remained predominantly Cajun, and region boasts one of the state's highest concentrations of Cajuns.

Traditionally, rice, ranching, and sugarcane have been staple industries in the area.  Sugarcane plantations line banks of the Vermilion River in the northern parish, and the world-famous cane syrup manufacturer Steen's Syrup Mill is located in nearby Abbeville.  Vermilion Parish is also noted for its ranching and cattle industries.  During the spring and fall seasons, cattle ranchers lead their herds up from the marshes on DOTD Tourism Map of Vermilion Parishhorseback, reminiscent of the Old West cattle drives.  Delcambre, on the other hand, is noted for its picturesque shrimpboats, docks, and seafood processing facilities.

There are several wildlife refuges in the parish, with the coastal marshes providing scenic drives.  Some of the oldest hunting camps in the United States are in the coastal marshland regions, and prominent families such as the Rockefellers were once among their most notable guests.  The small towns dotting the countryside still have thriving and attractive downtown areas.

Abbeville, one of the state's most frequently photographed towns, has been the setting for several major movies over the past two decades.  Abbeville's physical layout is modeled upon that of European towns of comparable size, with civil and church squarse.  Erath boasts not only Acadiana's largest Fourth of July celebration, as well as an important cultural museum.

by Elista Istre


Principle Towns







Pecan Island

Vermilion Parish Tourism Commission

Events and Festivals

Kaplan Bastille Day

Louisiana Cajun Food Fest (Kaplan)

"5000 EGG" Giant ​Omelette Celebration (Abbeville)

Daylily Festival and Garden Show (Abbeville)

Louisiana Cattle Festival (Abbeville)

Erath Fourth of July Celebration

Delcambre Shrimp Festival

Gueydan Duck Festival

Mardi Gras Events

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

Gueydan Museum

The Acadian Museum (Erath)

Le Musee de la Ville de Kaplan

Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum (Abbeville)

Abbeville Cultural & Historical Museum & Art Gallery

Louisiana Military Hall of Fame & Museum (Abbeville)

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

State Wildlife Refuge

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

White Lake Wetlands Conservations Area


Steen's Syrup

Music and Dancing

Vermilion Parish Library

Vermilion Parish Courthouses

LSU AgCenter