Iberville Parish Visitors Center
Iberville was “discovered” by French explorer Pierre LeMoyne, Sieur d’Iberville in 1699, but its rich delta soil and many waterways had been discovered by Indian tribes long before Iberville ever set foot here. While it was initially an agricultural area, Iberville has changed through the centuries to accommodate the changing times. The parish has always had plenty of sugarcane and soybean fields, but through the years the hardwood timber industry, river commerce and now industrial development have been essential to a thriving parish economy. downtown02From the 1800s until the mid-1900s, Louisiana produced more sugar than any other state in the nation, and Iberville, as the state’s leading sugarcane producer, drew the name “Sweet Iberville.” By the late 1800s Bayou Plaquemine, running through the heart of Iberville, became the most common route from the Mississippi River into the interior of Louisiana, and this water traffic brought a boom in the parish’s timber and sawmill industries and a variety of commercial establishments catering to travelers. It also resulted in the construction of the historic Plaquemine Lock. With the agricultural, timber, sawmill, and water commerce industries powering the economy, Iberville prospered into the 1960s, when the Lock was finally closed, replaced by a bigger structure closer to Baton Rouge. But by this time the chemical industry had realized the many advantages that Iberville offered with its access to the Mississippi River, interstate travel, electrical power and hard-working people. Today, the chemical and agriculture industries power the economy, and exist in harmony with the tourism industry. As you explore our area, please stopover at one of our Iberville Visitors Centers for assistance, travel resources, free wi-fi access, pristine restrooms and a complimentary cup of coffee. All Iberville Parish Visitors Centers are parish-owned and operated services to the traveling public. Our state-of-the art facilities and friendly Visitor Services Specialists are certified through the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association and are ready to assist you with travel to and within Iberville Parish and throughout the state of Louisiana.
What makes this business unique? "Iberville: Delightful Discoveries at Every Bend"
- Plaquemine Lock Historic Site & Visitor Center