The City of New Iberia, known as the "Queen City of the Teche," where Cajun culture is strong and vibrant and where visitors will find lots of food, entertainment, and good times. The Port of Iberia has a sub-tropical climate and gets more rain than other cities in the same climate zone.
The Port of Iberia is the only city in Louisiana today that was founded by the Spanish. Lying on the curves of Bayou Teche, the Bayou Teche Museum is dedicated to the city's history and culture, including the industries that have helped shape the character of the region. Visitors to the museum find state-of-the-art interactive and interpretive exhibits that contain memorabilia and artifacts from Iberia Parish and beyond. There is also a hands-on area for children. Open to the public from Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm, admission is $4 or less. Group tours can also be arranged by appointment.
The Conrad Rice Mill is the oldest working rice mill in the United States. The Konriko Store and Rice Museum is the center for visitors wanting hot fresh coffee and tours of the mill. Tours begin at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm central time from Monday through Saturday, and there is a small admission fee. In addition to a guided walk of the mill, visitors can view a slide presentation about the area. Today, visitors will find a variety of rice and rice-related products at the store, getting samples of the products the company sells to companies throughout North America.
Shadows-on-the-Teche is an early 19th Century white-columned brick building that is a surviving reminder of the history of the Port of Iberia and south Louisiana. In addition to the house and the complete historic site, Shadows-on-the-Teche has a huge collection of the Weeks Family Papers that tell the story of life in 19th Century Louisiana. Construction began in 1831 by David and Mary Clara Conrad Weeks and was completed in 1834. Built in the Classical Revival style, the home had a Louisiana Colonial floor plan with exterior staircases and wide galleries without interior hallways. The design allowed for best ventilation in the muggy climate.
The Port of Iberia's Shadows-on-the-Teche is open from Monday through Saturday (except for major holidays) from 9am until 4:30pm with tours beginning at 15 minutes past the hour. Adult admission for the house and gardens is $10, and seniors and students get a discount. Access to the gardens only is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4.50 for students.
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