St. Gabriel is the newest city of Iberville, having been incorporated in 1994. It includes a large portion of East Iberville, and boasts both residential communities and a strong industrial base. Since its incorporation, St. Gabriel has added many services for residents, including multi-million dollar sewer systems, improved lighting, parks, a new $4 million Community Center that includes a heated indoor swimming pool, large auditorium and other indoor and outdoor facilities, and a variety of community services.
The area was settled by Acadian exiles who arrived in 1767 to help complete Fort St. Gabriel on Bayou Manchac. The bayou, at that time, was the boundary between the Spanish and English territory. St. Gabriel’s beautiful St. Gabriel Church was built by the Acadian settlers between 1774 and 1776, and is the oldest surviving church structure in the entire Mississippi Valley.
St. Gabriel’s location adjacent to East Baton Rouge Parish provides easy access to LSU and many state government offices downtown via La. Hwy. 30. St. Gabriel also includs the community Bayou Paul. This has resulted in a thriving community, with new residential developments and new businesses and industry on the way. Progressive government has made St. Gabriel a city on the move.