Ascension Parish located in the heart of Plantation Country, mixes Old South traditions with exciting new offerings. Our quaint towns are surrounded by sprawling sugar cane fields and beautiful cypress swamplands.
Visit Gonzales during the Jambalaya Festival and sample their famous jambalaya, a delicious mixture of rice and cooked meats. Other parish celebrations include the Galvez-Lake Firemen's Fair, Louisiana Chili Cookoff, the Boucherie, Strawberry and Sunshine Festivals. Unique restaurants, lodgings, antique shops, and Tanger Factory Outlet Center are also located here.
Tour an Acadian village in Sorrento, then discover our antebellum plantations. Houmas House (pictured), Tezcuco with its African-American museum, and Ashland/Belle Helene, Bocage, and l'Hermitage each depict gracious southern living. Historic Donaldsonville served as state capital from 1830-31. This quiet town contains magnificent pre-Civil War architectural structures, including Ascension Catholic Church and St. Emma Plantation.