Located on Hwy. 10, between Melville and Hwy. 71, Palmetto earned its name from the plentiful plants that grow in the area. Before a sign was made for the train depot, fronds of a palmetto plant were nailed to the building. The spirit of early Palmetto is still felt at the community’s general store, which has been open since the 1930s.
The first Saturday of July, thousands head to nearby, Lebeau, for its Annual Zydeco Festival, a fundraiser for the local Catholic Church.