Equal parts Cajun and Creole, St. Landry Parish is a rural- heritage destination located in South Central, Louisiana. Symbols of the region’s culture and faith are present everywhere — museums, art galleries, and even the local brewery!
Begin your spiritual journey at the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum, one of only two in the US. Here, visitors can learn about the 200,000 plus riders of the Orphan Train, how many came to be in St. Landry Parish, and what life was like for them. Afterwards, explore the Creole Folklife Heritage Center and learn about Creole folk-art and the use of herbs in folk medicine and traditional healing, and much more.
To showcase the unique culture and faith of St. Landry Parish, tour the beautiful grounds of the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Here lies the Shrine of St. John Berchmans, the site of the only documented and Vatican-recognized miracle in the US.
Shop at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, a volunteer-run art gallery and arts incubator. Meet French-speaking locals and even find works of art with a spiritual influence. Just a mile down the road, “lift your spirits” on the banks of the bayou at Bayou Teche Brewing. Tours are offered in English and French, and craft beer flows every day in the taproom. Listen to live music and play Bourré with the locals.
Whether you’re embarking on a spiritual journey or an admirer of religious architecture or mouth-watering food, the St. Landry Parish Spiritual Trail has something for everyone! It’s gumbo for your SOUL!