Thibodaux is located in south-east Louisiana, about 40 minutes from New Orleans, on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, on Bayou Lafourche. It’s location on the Bayou makes it a logical place for commerce, and therefore the development of a community.
The community was named for Henry Schuyler Thibodaux, Louisiana State Senator, born 1769 of Arcadian parents who were expelled by the British from what is now Quebec, after the defeat of the French in the French and Indian War. Thibodaux received a land grant from the Spanish Governor, who controlled this area at that time, to developed a plantation here.
Upon arriving we were greeted by two dozen Muscovy ducks. They are actually considered an invasive species in Louisiana.
I want to let you know, it was not easy to get one male and one female duck to pose for me like that.
We went on a private tour of Thibodaux, where the ranger pointed out the various historic buildings and the changes in architecture over the last 200 years. For example, the Courthouse was built in 1856, replacing the original one built in 1818. The land was donated by Henry Thibodaux.
After eating cajun cooking at a local restaurant, we went to the Jean Lafitte Cultural Center to listen to a Cajun fiddle player and singer. All the songs he sung were either in the Cajun Dialect or French.
In the audience with us was Frances Martin. She was born on a Plantation not far from here where her father was an overseer. She is a Cajun descendant of the Acadians who were expelled from Canada.
She informed us that at home she was required to speak French. In school, Louisiana law prohibited the speaking of Cajun or French. She runs a bed & breakfast that caters to French and European visitors.
We strolled down Bayou Lafourche, where we are making arrangements to take a boat tour later this week.