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“Lovely gardens surround a wonderful old home”

Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in New Iberia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 9, 2012

This place was interesting not only for the beauty and unique setting but also for the stories surrounding this salt dome area and the people who lived here

Thank CYNTHIA M
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is an area with a lot of history with it. The place sits atop a salt dome and was once home to a salt mine before an oil company punched a hole in it's roof and the lake drained into the mine and took a good part of the gardens and home with it. It is still worth a visit and the old home is very interesting in it's design with the natural air conditioning and the two cisterns ( one underground).

Thank bayoujoe
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Was very beautiful, tranquil. Want to come back in the spring when everything is in bloom. Loved the movie they show about the salt mine collapsing. The house is exquisive!

Thank christine g
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I'm glad we discovered this place online. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. We took a tour of the Jefferson House and found it very interesting. The tour guide was extremely knowledgable and related to us a lot of history about the house as well as the surrounding area. We viewed a short video about the catastrophe which happened in 1980 to Jefferson Island. The cafe has wonderful food and a good atmosphere in which to dine. The gift shop has a selection of items for one to purchase. One can't help but notice the colorful peacocks which are all over the place. They have no fear of humans and one can approach them and take photos.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Had never heard of this place but we were really glad we decided to visit. We didn't eat there but it looked like a really nice restaurant. We walked the grounds and toured the historic home. We love old houses and this one was neat because all the things in the house were original to the house. Had never heard of the actor who built it but he was very, very famous in his time and very weathy. He traveled all over playing the role of Rip Van Winkle.

Thank SunCity97
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