Attractions & Festivals

The St. James Office of Economic Development works cooperatively with local restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. in marketing and promoting themselves as a tourist destination. Making available to them marketing opportunities and cooperative advertising. Designing, printing, and maintaining accurate printed materials that are distributed via Internet, mail, or for pickup at the Welcome Center. For more information on upcoming events and tours, contact our Welcome Center.

St. James Parish Welcome Center

1094 US Hwy. 61 Gramercy, Louisiana 70052

(Corner of Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 641)

(225) 562-2525

Plantation/History Tours


The Perique

Tours available by appointment. 1840's splendid raised French Creole plantation home on Historic River Road Hwy 44, Paulina. For more information, call Michael Hopping (225) 802-2141 or email




Driving Tour

  • Enjoy a stroll on our Wetlands Boardwalk in the swamp at the Welcome Center and you may catch a glimpse of an alligator or two. St. James Parish also offers a driving tour of the parish, which takes you from I-10 south to the Veterans Memorial Bridge westward to the Sunshine Bridge. Places you will visit on this tour include:
    • On the East Bank of the river:
      (I-10 Exit 194, heading south)
      St. James Parish Welcome Center (corner of Hwy. 641 and Hwy. 61)
      Blind River along Hwy. 61 also known as "Bayou des Acadians"
      Imperial Sugar Company

    • Bonfire area at Christmas-time along the river
      St. Joseph Catholic Church, built in 1921
      Perique Tobacco grown along Hwy. 642, Grand Point
      Indian Mounds along Hwy. 3125 above Belmont Plantation Site
      St. James Parish Courthouse, Convent
      Manresa (Jefferson College) built in 1831
      St. Michael's Church, built in 1833, Lourdes Grotto built in 1876
      Felix Poche' Plantation Bed & Breakfast & RV Resort, built shortly after the Civil War
      Various Industries
      St. Mary's Chapel, built in 1875
      Sunshine Bridge joins St. James Parish with Ascension Parish

    • On the West Bank of the river:
      (Starting at the Sunshine Bridge, east on River Road)
      St. James Catholic Church Parish was formed in 1770 with the third structure built in 1930. It is the site of the first Acadian landing in Louisiana, marked by "Our Lady of Acadian's" monument.
      Sugarland Terminal
      South Louisiana Sugar Cooperative
      Oak Alley Plantation, Restaurant and Inn, built in 1839
      St. Joesph Plantation House, built around 1820
      Valcour Aime Plantation Site "Le Petit Versailles," established in 1820
      Plantation County Bed & Breakfast
      Our Lady of Peace Church, built in 1894
      Laura - A Creole Plantation, built in 1805
      Vacherie Historical Marker
      St. Phillip Church, built in 1921
      Parish line into St. John the Baptist Parish
      Veteran's Memorial Bridge



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