Celebrating 300 Years of Rich History

The town of Washington, Louisiana’s third oldest settlement, is celebrating its tricentennial in 2020. Among the events planned are an antique car show, poster design contest, speaker series and high tea.

We invite you to visit our website frequently to see what’s in the works for our Tricentennial celebration.

With its rich agricultural region and proximity to Bayou Courtableu, the Town of Washington quickly became the 19th century’s largest steamboat port between New Orleans and St. Louis. Cotton, cattle, sugar and molasses were the primary exports of the day. This bustling trade was largely responsible for the wealth of antebellum plantation homes and Victorian architecture which give Washington its quaint character today. In fact, 80% of its buildings are of historic or architectural significance.

The old Steamboat Warehouse on Bayou Courtableau not only serves as a reminder of the town’s halcyon days, it’s also a renowned restaurant that attracts visitors from all over the country. Many of the brick commercial buildings that still dot Main Street maintain their 19th century ornamental store fronts, down to the blocker tie rings that secured horses.

From big to small to always down-to-earth, the Town of Washington has something for everyone. Come see us and celebrate 300 years of rich history.


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The Town of Washington Museum and Tourist Center is closed until further notice.

Please visit the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center


9 a.m.-5 p.m.

(337) 948-8004

978 Kennerson Road (I-49 exit 23)

P.O. Box 1415

Opelousas, LA 70570