Thibodaux, the seat of Lafourche Parish, about an hour southwest of New Orleans, is a historic community at the heart of Louisiana's famous Cajun and Creole country. Here is where residents and tourists enjoy the music, food and other indigenous elements of life in the south central bayou areas of the state. Home buyers looking for the perfectly placed city that can offer the best of all worlds—a combination of urban and country living, suburban qualities and hometown amenities all at once—should look no further than Thibodaux, LA.
Homes of every architectural description are available in newly designed communities and in redeveloping historic areas, close to every aspect of Louisiana's renowned hunting, fishing and boating venues. Historic homes have been painstakingly maintained for hundreds of years while the boldest of new designs can be found in other neighborhoods. Traditional ranch-style homes, cottages of every size and an unusual amount of vacant land ripe for welcome development are also available.
A historic downtown district, where the architectural wonders of the 1800's have been brought back to service, now also serves as an important meeting place for residents and tourists alike. Major businesses (oil and gas, shipbuilding, seafood and medical) provide well-paid employment to many area residents.
Those looking for a new home or business in the area will find it to be a family-friendly and affordable place to live, a place that confidently displays some of the best characteristics of Louisiana.
Thibodaux (about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans, about six square miles) is mapped approximately from Highway 20 (North Canal Boulevard) and St. Patrick Street on the north; Highway 3107, Talbot Avenue, Hausley Street and south of Duels Swamp Road on the south; St. Patrick Street, Midland Drive and Barbier Avenue on the west; and along Highway 20 (North Canal Boulevard), west of Cedar Tree Road, North Acadia Road and Acadia Woods Drive on the east.
This community is situated on convenient stretches of Highways 1 and 308 and close to the future I-49 (now Highway 90 corridor) in this south-central part of Louisiana. Other state and U.S. highways also crisscross this region. Thibodaux is an hour from New Orleans, about two hours from Baton Rouge on the north and about five hours to Houston on the west.
The Thibodaux Municipal Airport services the city with daily connecting flights. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is a short trip northeast. A mass transit system, plus major bus and rail lines also traverse the communities surrounding Thibodaux.
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Many longtime residents who can trace their French, Spanish, Creole and Indian ancestry back hundreds of years—and new residents interested in the Cajun flavor of this part of Louisiana—happily call the Thibodaux area their comfortable home. The region is dotted with sought-after Cajun and seafood restaurants and the calendars here are filled with annual festivals of food, music and culture. The suburban areas around Thibodaux, including the quickly developing Bayou Cane community, also serve as a source of entertainment and activities.
Thibodaux is also known for its beautifully restored and maintained downtown area where the Louisiana Main Street program is alive and well. Legendary churches and renovated residential and commercial buildings are always worth a downtown visit, along with the neighborhood's boutiques, weekly farmers markets, regularly scheduled art walks through the many galleries and more. Swamp tours, fishing and boating charters plus day trips to all of Cajun country also keep locals and tourists busy.
Among the most popular attractions and events in the area include the annual Fireman's Fair, the Thibodaux Fall Festival, the Jubilee Arts and Humanities Festival at Nicholls State University, the Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (including walking tours along the piers of Bayou Lafourche), the historic St. John's Cemetery, the Edward Douglass White Historic Site (home and grounds of the Thibodaux native who served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1910-21), the Bayou Children's Museum and the Martha Sowell Utley Memorial Library (with an impressive collection of French language books, Cajun cookbooks and volumes on Acadian culture and history). Add the nearby Thibodaux-Terrebonne Civic Center for concerts, conventions and trade shows and you get a sense of why residents set up home here.
Families appreciate the top-rated schools and the historic places of worship. They happily embrace Louisiana's rustic roots while enjoying the combination of big-city amenities and small-town Louisiana culture and comfort.