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The Conrad Rice Mill is an independently owned and operated rice mill located in New Iberia, Louisiana, and produces the Konriko brand of rice varieties. Established in 1912, it is the oldest independently owned rice mill in the United States still in operation, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Philip Amelius Conrad began rice farming in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana around the turn of the 20th century with his uncle Charles Conrad. Wanting to operate independently, he moved to New Iberia on the banks of the Bayou Teche, buying land on the north side of the Bayou near present-day LA Highway 87, just east of North Lewis Street, to grow rice. The harvested rice was shipped approximately 125 miles by steamboat to New Orleans for milling, as no local rice mills existed. After several crops, in 1910, he built a small rice mill on the property to avoid the need to ship to New Orleans.
In 1912 he relocated, rebuilding the mill at its current location at 307 Ann Street in New Iberia and establishing the Conrad Rice Milling and Planting Company. He purchased additional land and moved his rice fields to the south bank of the bayou Take a look at our New Iberia visit site to schedule your visit to Conrad Rice Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Conrad Rice Museum reviews
We didn’t even know there was a rice museum and yet it was fascinating. We took the tour with a very wonderful guide, We watched a film on the entire process of rice and explored the mill. We even...
We didn’t even know there was a rice museum and yet it was fascinating. We took the tour with a very wonderful guide, We watched a film on the entire process of rice and explored the mill. We even... more »
My husband and I enjoyed our tour and visit to the rice mill museum. Our guide was able to give us insights into the area and the mill. The tour was informative, and the video shown was very good...
My husband and I enjoyed our tour and visit to the rice mill museum. Our guide was able to give us insights into the area and the mill. The tour was informative, and the video shown was very good... more »
Sherry from the Rice Mill was the absolute sweetest!! This was our second time visiting the mill and we always have to get the variety of rices, mixes, and seasonings thar are so delicious. They always have a crackpot of rice to sample and a sauce and crackers as well. We will always come back for the hospitality and the great rice!!
We enjoyed the video, history. and the store was fun browsing. They were giving samples of fresh cooked pecan rice. Simply delicious by itself. We bought 2 boxed and Seasoning too. The old mill was just that. Old, but all this equipment is still up and running..Amazing.
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