Sunset, La

Legend has it that Sunset received its name from railroad workers who were building tracks in the late 1800's. The workers named new train stops as they reached them. Apparently, they arrived in Sunset at the end of the day.

Chretien Point Plantation - This is a private residence so please don't trespass.

Built in 1831 and set on 20 secluded acres on the banks of the Bayou Bourbeau. The mansion was the center of a thriving 3,000-acre cotton plantation with 500 slaves in its heyday. The centerpiece 12-room red brick mansion itself is spectacular with a rich history of former tenants. The most noteworthy of which is Jean Lafitte, a flamboyant gambler. His equally flamboyant widow smoked cigars and doubled her husband’s fortune. Civil War battles were fought on the property. A Union cannonball destroyed the upper most section of the western most column of the house and there is still a bullet hole on one of the front doors. Chretien Point’s storied past no doubt has been influential in many people having reported seeing ghosts throughout the years. Chretien Point was used as a hospital during the war and so, of course, it feeds stories of hauntings. There are also tales of buried treasure on the grounds.The famous staircase in the movie “Gone With the Wind” where Scarlett O’Hara shoots a pillaging Union soldier was a replica of Chretien Point mansion stairway.

Civil War battle site of Bayou Bourbeau in 1863, also known as the Battle of Grand Coteau, Battle of Boggy Creek or the Battle of Carrion Crow Bayou, which is present day Carencro Bayou, was fought in southwestern Louisiana west of the town of Grand Coteau, during the American Civil War. The engagement was between the forces of Confederate Brigadier General Thomas Green and Union Brigadier General Stephen G. Burbridge. Lieutenant William Marland of the 2nd Massachusetts Battery earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during this battle. Marland bridge is named after Union Lt. William Marland who was given the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery during the Bayou Bourbeau battle in which there were 812 casualties, 124 wounded and 566 missing. This bridge is also said to be haunted.