Franklin, a suburban community less than an hour southeast of Lafayette, in St. Mary Parish, sits at the heart of Louisiana’s sugar cane industry and world-renowned Cajun country. Here is where residents and tourists enjoy the music, food and other cultural elements of life in southwest Louisiana.
Franklin (along with nearby Lafayette and New Iberia) has also served as an important geographic, social and economic hub since the area’s establishment at the turn of the 19th century. French Canadian Acadians were among the early settlers here, joined by French Creoles soon after. The culinary and cultural contributions of these early settlers are still felt today.
Homebuyers looking for the perfectly placed city that can offer the best of all worlds — a combination of urban and country living, suburban qualities and big-city amenities all at once — should look no further than Franklin. Homes of every architectural description are available in newly designed communities and in redeveloping historic areas, close to every aspect of Louisiana’s renowned hunting, fishing, biking, hiking and walking venues along the centerpiece of the region — Bayou Teche.
Historic, antebellum homes have been painstakingly maintained for hundreds of years while the boldest of new designs can be found in other neighborhoods. Traditional ranch-style homes, cottages of every size and an unusual amount of vacant land ripe for welcome development are also available.
An historic downtown district, where the architectural wonders of the 1800’s have been brought back to service, is now considered an important meeting place for residents and tourists alike. Major businesses (tech-related and more traditional manufacturing, farming and agriculture) provide well-paid employment to many area residents.
Those looking for a new home or business in the area will find it to be a family-friendly and affordable place to live, a place that confidently displays some of the best characteristics of Louisiana.
Franklin on the Map
Franklin (about 50 minutes southwest of Lafayette, most of zip code 70538) stretches approximately from Northwest Boulevard on the north, Levee Road on the south, alongside and also just southwest of Highway 90 on the west, and just east of State Roads 82 and 87 on the east.
Map of Franklin, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
Greek Revival Cottage constructed 1849, 2.5 acres on picturesque Bayou Teche - Franklin, LA
How to get to and from Franklin, LA
Franklin, southeast of New Iberia and Lafayette, is easily accessed along Highway 90 in this southwest part of Louisiana. Nearby interstates 10 and 49 also provide access, along with the many state and US highways that crisscross this region.
As a newly popular bedroom community of Lafayette, Franklin is also about two hours from New Orleans on the southeast, about 90 minutes from Baton Rouge on the northeast, and 3.5 to four hours to Houston on the west.
Lafayette Regional Airport services this part of the state with dozens of daily direct and connecting flights. A mass transit system, plus major bus and rail lines also traverse the suburban communities surrounding Lafayette.
Three bedroom cottage on two acres along Bayou Teche, Franklin, LA – Van Eaton Romero
Residents who can trace their ancestry back hundreds of years — and new residents interested in the Cajun flavor of this part of Louisiana — happily call the Franklin area their comfortable home. This region is dotted with sought-after Cajun and seafood restaurants and the calendars here are filled with annual festivals of food, music and culture.
Franklin is also known for its beautifully restored and maintained downtown district where the Louisiana Main Street program is alive and well. Historic courthouse buildings, churches and renovated residential and commercial buildings are always worth a downtown visit. Swamp tours and day trips to antebellum homes, sugar cane mills and other Cajun country sites also keep locals and tourists busy.
Among the most popular attractions and events in the area include the annual fall Harvest Moon Festival and Patriotic Concert along Bayou Teche, guided looks at the more than 400 historic properties in Franklin that are on the National Register of Historic Places, the newly restored Teche Theatre of Performing Arts (for live theater, concerts and special events) in downtown Franklin, the nearby Jeanerette Museum (tracking 200 years of the sugar cane industry in the area), and the many sporting and outdoor events along the area’s gateway to the lush Atchafalaya Basin and Louisiana wetlands.
Families also appreciate the region for its top-rated schools and historic places of worship. They happily embrace Louisiana’s rustic Acadian roots while enjoying the combination of big-city amenities and small-town Louisiana culture and comfort.
Antebellum home built in 1845, has a French Quarter-style courtyard with pool - Franklin, LA
- Population: 7,600
- Households: 3,000
- Schools: There are more than a dozen public, private and parochial schools (with access to more than 130 in Lafayette) and many privately owned preschools.
- Healthcare: Franklin Foundation Hospital and Franklin Medical Center are headquartered here, along with other local medical facilities, urgent care center and clinics. The full-service hospitals, surgical centers, medical office complexes and clinics in Lafayette and New Iberia are also easily accessible to Franklin residents.
- Churches: There are more than two dozen churches of every denomination in the Franklin and more than 100 others close by along the Highway 90 route to New Iberia and Lafayette.