Town of Grand Coteau
Grand Coteau is a town situated on what was, some two thousand years ago, the west bank of the Mississippi, not far from where it flows into the Gulf. It is called Grand Coteau, from its situation on a sloping ridge or “coteau” – not a lofty ridge, but a long one.
The Grand Coteau Historic District is one of the few primarily rural districts on the National Register of Historic Places. Grand Coteau is noted for its magnificent trees that form alleys, groves, and gardens. Within the district there are more than 70 structures designated as architecturally significant. Creole, French, Acadian, Anglo-American, and Victorian styles are reflected in the houses, stores, and religious institutions. Of special significance is this last category as Grand Coteau and Catholicism have been deeply connected for more than 175 years. The church and retreat centers continue to provide extensive spiritual and educational guidance for the community and visitors from afar.
Visitors to Grand Coteau are always taken aback with the beauty of the trees and gardens and the stately serenity of the buildings. Hear the story and visit the shrine of the Miracle of Grand Coteau at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, then stop to browse the antique and gift shops, or sample the local cuisine. The shops and restaurants, all housed in renovated, historic buildings, are a treat in themselves. The town is one of five St. Landry Parish Louisiana Cultural Districts, managed by the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, where original works of art are exempt from sales tax.