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Berwick Heritage Museum

History of Berwick
In 1781, this area was part of the Attakapas District and was under Spanish rule. Wanting to335964075_763976008409554_6348966182873448898_n expand their territory, the Spanish commander sent a surveyor, Thomas Berwick, to the lower Teche region. Discovering a large body of water, he named Berwick Bay. Returning with his family in 1782, "Berwick Settlement" became the site of the oldest settlement in St. Mary Parish. Thomas's son, Joseph was the first Anglo-American to be born here. It is he would shape the "Town of Berwick"

History of the Home
The home was built in 1893 by Gundar Thorguson, a native of Grimstad, Norway, for his daughter Thresia Thorguson Brown.

Thresia's son, Dewey Brown, and his wife were the last residents of the home and donated it in 1987 to the town of Berwick to be used as a museum. 

Berwick Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and showcasing the history and culture of Berwick dating from the 1700's to present day. 


Current Exhibits
Berwick Live Oak Society Collection        Early History of Berwick 
The Orphan Train Movement                    Atchafalaya Bay Lighthouses
Hall of Valor                                              Historic Homes and Businesses
Churches                                                   Archives

Berwick Heritage Museum is located 2 blocks from the western bank of the scenic Atchafalaya River at 3326 Third Street. Just a short walk to the river brings you to the Everett S. Berry Memorial Lighthouse Park home of the historic Southwest Reef Lighthouse.

Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free Admission
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