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LEONVILLE TOWN HALL
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Nestled along scenic Bayou Teche between Opelousas and Arnaudville on Highway 31, the community of Leonville was founded as a settlement of free men of color, or gens de couleur libres. The town was named after the settlement's first pastor, Father Leon Mailluchet, who built the first church there in 1898.
The present church, with its distinctive tower, was built by the second pastor, Father Eugene Livorel, between 1907 and 1916. He converted the old church into a rectory, and upper windows in the attic are still paneled in stained glass from the days that the house was a church.
The IFBS Lodge, located just west of town on Highway 31, is the frequent headquarters for zydeco trail rides, weekend celebrations of music, food, camping and horsemanship.
Visitors and locals can enjoy a public boat launch providing easy access to Bayou Teche for boating or paddling, or pull up your canoe or pirogue to the floating dock at the Silver Slipper, Cajun Hibachi Grill. Enjoy Cajun-Asian fusion cuisine and live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.