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What makes our home unique is the Cajun culture. Cajuns are French-speaking Acadian refugees, driven from their homes in Acadie (now Nova Scotia) by the British in 1755. They settled along the swamps and bayous after wandering for 10 years along the Atlantic seaboard.

They quickly adapted to their strange new environment and were soon harvesting crawfish, shrimp, crabs, and oysters. They built houses and boats (called pirogues) from cypress trees, trapped beaver and muskrat, and grew rice, hot peppers, and okra. And they developed a style of cooking that has become world-renowned, with savory, spicy dishes that include crawfish pie, gumbo, jambalaya, and other delicious dishes.

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