Department of Economic Development and Tourism
The St. Charles Parish Tourist Information Center is now OPEN at the West Bank Bridge Park, located off the Luling / Hahnville exit from the Hale Boggs Bridge (Interstate 3-10). Stop into the little cottage under the bridge for information on local attractions during these times:
- Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- First Tuesday of the month, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Second Tuesday of the month, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Third Tuesday of the month, noon to 3 p.m.
- Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dotted by antebellum manors and churches. Laced by bayous, swamps and the mighty Mississippi River. St. Charles parish is Louisiana at its finest. Hear the whispers of the 18th century at Destrehan, LaBranche, and Ormond Plantations. Experience the pristine wilderness aboard a swampboat adventure or serene drive through a fishing village like Bayou Gauche.
"Pass a good time" and celebrate Louisiana's legendary way of life at the Alligator, Catfish, or Destrehan Plantation Spring and Fall Festivals.
Only a 25 minute-drive, west of the City of New Orleans, St. Charles Parish offers visitors and residents big city convenience, while maintaining its rural charm.St. Charles Parish: A great place to visit, an even better place to live.
Information about the center:
The building opened July 1996 at its current location.
Beginning in the late 1800s and
continuing into the 20th Century, Bethlehem
Hall was a popular meeting place for the Bethlehem Benevolent Society, one of the parish’s many
African-American fraternal organizations. Society members would regularly gather at the hall and celebrate
social events such as meetings, church gatherings, suppers, wedding receptions, etc.
scheduled for that particular day, including welcoming new members into the
In 1994 the parish acquired a
tract of land adjacent to its 911 Emergency Center in Hahnville. A run-down, dilapidated building (Bethlehem Hall) that sat on
the land was included in the deal.
Over 100 years later and after
receiving a major facelift, the building is being utilized for one of its
original purposes – a welcome center.