Explore the History of Lafayette, LA

Whether you’re a life-long resident or just passing through for a visit, one thing is certain: there is no shortage of fun things to do and interesting things to learn in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Today Lafayette is a bustling cultural center that mixes urban life with rich cajun and creole traditions. But like most cities of its kind, Lafayette has an interesting history that accounts for the regions contemporary diversity.

Diverse heritage

Before any European or Canadian settlements reached the area that is today called Lafayette, a diverse population of Choctaw, Chitimacha, Atakapa-Ishak, and Opelousa Native Americans populated the region. By the early 1820’s, the first European settlement was officially established on the Vermilion River—Vermilionville.

Official beginnings

Of course, the name Vermilionville didn’t quite stick. In 1869, Vermilionville attempted to change its name to Lafayette, but there was already another suburb of New Orleans so named. In 1884, however, New Orleans officially incorporated the former Lafayette into its boundaries, finally allowing Vermilionville to make its name-change.

Modern revitalization

Today, Lafayette is a hub of Cajun and Creole culture with a thriving downtown that saw a huge revitalization that started in the 1980s and continues to this day. Home to a number of large museums, festivals, and an endless variety of local businesses, Lafayette is today an important destination in the American South.

If you need help with your car while you’re in Lafayette, or you might want to buy a new one, contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi.

Hampton Mitsubishi Supports the Community as a Proud Member of Hampton Auto

Hampton Mitsubishi

At Hampton Mitsubishi, we’re proud to support the local Lafayette community as well as be part of Hampton Auto. We think community involvement is of the utmost importance, and we’re constantly striving to help those in need and make the Lafayette community the very best it can be. Here are a few recent highlights of Hampton Auto’s support of the community.

  • Recently, Fran and Mark Hampton made a $10,000 donation to United Way to help flood victims. As Mark said, “Acadiana has been so good to all of us and this is just a way in hopes of paying back this community that we love so much!”
  • In 2016, Hampton Toyota — a sister dealership to Hampton Mitsubishi — was named the Best of 2016 Lafayette Auto Dealer. Every year, the Lafayette Award Program selects the best local businesses around in terms of business growth, customer care and service, and community involvement. We’re very proud that Hampton Toyota was named to this elite list.
  • In 2014, Hampton Toyota proudly took part in the Patriot Guard Riders Care Package Drive. The Patriot Guard Riders work tirelessly to support the families and attend the funerals of fallen service members: U.S. military, firefighters, and police. The Care Package Drive collects items such as blankets, toiletries, and other items we use daily and monetary donations to build the care packages, delivering these packages to veterans and other retired service members living in Lafayette’s local nursing homes. At Hampton Mitsubishi, we proudly stand with and serve those who have served us.