While in the New Iberia area, sample the region’s unique cuisine, and be sure to taste cracklins, a Louisiana specialty. In New Iberia, visit Conrad Rice Mill, the country’s oldest working rice mill and Shadows-on-the-Teche, an antebellum home and National Trust Historic Site once occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War. (Notice: Shadows-on-the-Teche is temporarily closed until April 2023). And of course, fans of author James Lee Burke love to experience the setting of his Dave Robicheaux novels. Stroll the grounds of the Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens which host a semi-tropical botanical gardens nestled around Lake Peigneur. Examine the history of Louisiana’s sugarcane industry at the Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum. Don’t miss nearby Avery Island, home to the McIlhenny Co.’s TABASCO® Sauce bottling plant. Four museums interpret the region’s history – Bayou Teche Museum in New Iberia, the museum of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana in Charenton, the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum in Patterson and, in Morgan City, the International Petroleum Museum and Exposition.