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Abbeville is a relaxed town in South Central Louisiana.


The area around Abbeville near the Vermillion River, once known as La Chapelle, started seeing Acadian settlers as early as 1766. Then Père Antoine Désiré Mégret purchased a lot in 1843 and named it Abbeville, which ironically means 'priest town' but also is the name of the town he originated from in France, so the etymology is a little uncertain. At any rate, he designed the town in the manner of a sleepy French village, and that is more or less its character today, with a central square, Magdalen Square, bearing his likeness in the form of a statue, and Gothic style churches, etc. Nonetheless, it has ties to Sammy Kershaw and is the home of the Giant Omelette Celebration.

Vermilion River Abbeville Louisiana

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Map of Abbeville (Louisiana)

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St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church - Feb 22, 2009


If you're a thrill-seeker or explorer, you can try out the Bayou Vermillion Paddle Trail which stretches from Lafayette to Abbeville along the Vermillion River, but you'll probably need your own kayak, canoe, etc.



  • 1 SHUCKS!, 701 W Port St, +1 337 898-3311. M-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. A popular restaurant featuring local seafood and drinks. $20 to $40 per person.
  • 2 Dupuy's Seafood and Steak, 108 S Main St, +1 337 893-2336. Tu-Th 11AM-9PM, F 11AM-10PM, Sa 5PM-10PM. More seafood, but perhaps a little more refined. $40 to $70 per person.



Or you could try camping at Palmetto Island State Park and take some measures so as to not become a delectable meal for the mosquitoes.


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