Neighborhood Tour
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Advocate staff report

Once mostly pasture land, Prairieville has emerged as a growing suburb of Baton Rouge and thriving community with desirable schools.

Far from Ascension Parish’s traditional centers of commerce in Gonzales and Donaldsonville, Prairieville is a growing bedroom community where a good portion of Baton Rouge’s workforce rests its collective heads and rears its children. Prairieville, located on Airline Highway south of Baton Rouge and north of Gonzales, is unincorporated.

The planned expansion of La. 42 promises to make the unincorporated community even more accessible. Restaurants and small businesses have started to sprout on the highway.

Meanwhile, on Airline Highway, restaurants and bars, like On The Half Shell, offer some nighttime entertainment in this still sleepy area.

Nearby Bayou Manchac, once a historic shortcut for travel between the Mississippi River and Lake Maurepas, offers scenic views and the opportunity for idyllic canoe trips all the way to the Amite River.

What started as a small community with plenty of prairies and pastures along Jefferson and Airline highways is now a fast-growing growing suburb of Baton Rouge with new homes and businesses.

The former home of Robert Penn Warren, an LSU professor from 1933 to 1942 who wrote the 1946 novel “All the King’s Men.” Warren lived in the Colonial Revival house, now on the National Register of Historic Places, briefly in the 1940s.

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St. John’s Festival de la Prairie, which features Cajun food, music, games and carnival rides.