The city of Plaquemine, located in Iberville Parish, is part of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA). Plaquemine is from the Indian word “Plakemine” (translated by the French) which means persimmons. Bordered by the Mississippi River, with pre-historic Bayou Plaquemine in its downtown district, and coupled with Louisiana Highway One and the vintage railroad tracks in the center of the City of Plaquemine Historic District, the city has a priceless sense of place. Plaquemine has been an established settlement since 1775, an incorporated city since 1838, and a Louisiana Main Street City since 1993.
From the Mississippi River in Plaquemine (Iberville Parish), to the ANHA to the southern Gulf of Mexico, footsteps and waterways of early explorers during Colonial Louisiana (1699-1803) can be followed by boat or car. The ANHA has been home to French, Spanish and English for over 100 years.
Yes, downtown is walkable. Visit the Plaquemine Depot Market or the Plaquemine State Historic Site or the Iberville Museum in the downtown district to pick up self-guided walking brochure. Also accessible by vehicle. For more info visit the City of Plaquemine website: http://www.plaquemine.org/
Plaquemine is a small town with southern hospitality vibe. The busy commerce district of the city houses the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, the Island Golf Trail, Plaquemine Lock State Historic Park, Iberville Museum, Plaquemine Depot Market, St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church known as the Cathedral on the Bayou and historic Catholic cemetery on Main Street. An architectural variety of historic homes in the walkable downtown district.
Plaquemine Depot Market (formerly 1925 railroad depot built under the Huey P. Long era) houses over 12 quality vendors offering antiques, art market, housewares, gifts, local art; custom-embellished clothing - offering special events throughout the year. Open Wednesday through Sunday. There are over 35 dining areas in the City of Plaquemine. Three dining restaurants and a bakery offers home-style cuisine in the downtown district.