One of our favorite pastimes is that thar mudriding we like to do. It sho' is a lot of fun! Hop in your four-wheel drive or on a four-wheeler orthree-wheeler and head on down to Muddy Bayou! You might get yourself just a little dirty, so if your the type that doesn't like to get dirty wear some chest waders. (boots that come up to your chest) If...more
There are a lot of good places to eat: Homefolks, A.W.'s, Deville Diary Corner, and Paul's Grocery. Good food at a great price. Local delicacies would be fried fish, chicken gizzards,shrimp, swamp rabbit sauce pequante, and chicken fried steak. A lot of it is fresh. Especially during spring when the animals are twitterpated. The cross the road alot...more
There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Alexandria-Pineville, but if you're having a lively backyard gathering and you just want to bring back something for dinner, Deville's got you covered with local cuisine to go. Home Folks Drive Inn Diner has local food like fried catfish and meat pies. The spices in the batter make it surprisingly...more
There are lots of different party spots to choose from. Many are, you guessed it, at the Swamp! Camps are everywhere. Just pull up and they'll serve you. Especially if youre not too bad looking. There's almost always a hog roast, crawfish boil, fish fry, or even barbecue. Lots to drink too. Definitely lots to drink. Great way to meet your lifetime...more
Nightlife in Deville appears to consist of entertaining at home or making the rounds of your friends' and relatives' homes. This is definitely not as dull as it may seem. Everyone I met was extremely outgoing and congenial, lots of partiers. There's always some sort of family gathering featuring outdoor cooking like a pig roast or a...more
Deville does not appear to have any sort of mass transit. Because of its remote location, car (or even better, as explained below, truck) rental is mandatory if you fly in. There are several agencies near Alexandria International Airport (AEX). The nearest Greyhound terminal is also in Alexandria.
Deville is the sort of terrain where people really do have a use for their GMC trucks. It's not soccer-mom minivan country at all. The roads are rough, and hunting and fishing abound.
Big old store with a Dollar General Sign on it.
What to buy: It's got lots of stuff in it. You got your clothes, toys, food, drinks, jewelry, bath products, dishwashing liquid,slippers, underwear, reading glasses, lamps, candles, sheets, placemats, fine china, deodorant, we even got some milk. And friendly service. A bathroom AND a waterfountain.
What to pay: Depends on if it's Christmas or not. Mostly about $20-30.
Don't ask what's in the food. They might just play a joke on you and tell you it's alligator eyes. Or they might tell you it's chicken. It might swim or fly, or a little of both. They've got a great sense of humor down here. Know this for future reference: a four-wheeler is a mode of transportation down here. It's not a tractor. It's only illegal...more
Maybe Southerners don't see anything unusual about this, but Thanksgiving in Deville really astonished me. My cousins stopped by a friend's house, where we encountered the family preparing for their holiday meal. The husband was out back cooking the turkey, but in a way I had never seen before. He had the turkey in a deep fryer powered by a propane...more
Don't just assume that a deer's just as friendly as Rudolf. Especially bucks during mating season. Best just stay away. And don't mess with his woman. Don't worry about the rifle or dogs. You better just haul butt and don't look back. I lose more friends that way. Sad story. And they say them thar Water Mocassins are poisonous. Naw. It just stings...more
I didn't see anything that I would call a tourist trap. There are several local general stores, but their merchandise doesn't seem to be aimed at tourists. If you need postcards, you'll find them at the Super Wal-Mart in nearby Pineville!
Whatever kind of luggage and bags you like. Camouflage, boots(those chestwaders we mentioned), and the weather changes all the time so be prepared to wear shorts in December. skeeter dope.(mosquito repelent) cameras, film, waterproof camera tent, boots, skeeter dope, food, coffee, a gun, fishing pole, oatmeal creme pies Everything but the...more
Deville lives up to Louisiana's state license plate slogan of 'Sportsman's Paradise,' so get your hunting and fishing gear ready! RUBBER BOOTS!!!!!!! Extra changes of clothing would be wise, too. Many homes in Deville have an odd little motorized all-terrain vehicle they call a 'four-wheeler.' It's not quite a tractor and it has headlights, and it...more
We went to the Homecoming Football game for Buckeye High School which the local school. It was a great game and they wonfor once! They got real good concessionsthere. There is also a ballpark. There is a teeball team for the smaller kids and baseball and softball for the older ones. It's real fun to watch. sometimes they fight. After school the...more
We went hunting while staying on the houseboat. It was a hoot! The only bad thing was getting up so early. Like at 5:00 a.m. But it was worth it. The thrill of the kill! Then we went fishing off the front porch of the houseboat. We caught some small fish and a couple of bigguns. We can't wait to go back!Hope the gator doesnt get us next time. It...more
Welcome to the real Louisiana bayou! Deville is way out in the middle of nowhere, east of the twin cities of Alexandria-Pineville. People come here to fish at the landings, and to raise their children in a safe family atmosphere.
Fondest memory: Deville is an area full of modestly-priced one-story houses and trailers surrounded by plenty of land. The same families have lived on the same roads for decades, but they are slowly being augmented by families who have deliberately relocated in order to give their children a better lifestyle. The living is laid-back and unpretentious, yet modern conveniences are always within reach. You can live in a rundown shack with Confederate flags hanging in place of windowshades, yet still have cable TV, internet access and cellular phone service in your home. It's a fascinating study in contrasts!