Vermilionville, Lafayette

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A living history museum, Vermilionville explores Louisiana's Cajun culture in a recreated 18th-century village. You can make your way around the 9.3 hectare (23 acre) site yourself or with the help of a tour guide. In the village, historical houses dating from 1765 to 1890 are accompanied by mock period structures. Many are occupied by costumed artisans practicing Acadian and Creole skills like spinning, dollmaking, and woodworking. You can find some of their finished products in the gift shop. Complete your visit with a trip to the on-site restaurant for some traditional Cajun cuisine. Arrange your visit to Vermilionville and discover more family-friendly attractions in Lafayette using our Lafayette day trip planning tool .
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  • My 15 year old son and I spent the day touring Vermilionville and were pleasantly surprised. Several of the houses had employees dressed in period costumes who were extremely knowledgeable about the A...  more »
  • Bustle of New Orleans music and entertainment ... catapulted back in time in the fabulous Vermilionville! I wanted very much to learn Acadian culture, much to finish, in the dead of winter, in the middle of nowhere as Lafayette. Visit the village still worth the trip: everything is rebuilt to perfection, complete with testimonials on the lives of older people. People in costumes that they met were really cute and have managed to convey the meaning and values of the community, together with their interesting history. A few of them (unfortunately) still speak French, but they do it with great pride and enthusiasm and it was great to be able to talk together this almost forgotten language, symbol of their origins. The most exciting thing was definitely attend a Zydeco music concert, where young and old of the village have played and sang together (some were dancing, beautiful!) with accordions, violins, guitars and the typical Rubboard. They release all the strength and pride of a wonderful community that desperately tries to preserve its traditions.
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  • This restaurant has been in service for over 30 years. It continues to keep high quality chefs helping to keep their menu fresh and their service is top notch.  more »
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  • Collection of homes,school,church, and forge from late 1700 to 1900. They have people in nearly every house. Small nature/weather museum. Really neat and nicely maintained. Small ferry for people to use themselves.oops. almost forgot. Also a very friendly donkey...the sheep think their to good to be petted.
  • There is quite a lot to see here in the different houses and structures. We enjoyed its rural feel and there were artisans demonstrating skills and crafts which was interesting. But be careful over timings for closure etc. We had also planned to have coffee/lunch there but arrived to find restaurant closed with no information on the web that could have allowed us to organise better and not arrive hungry for walking round. It is quite remote so no alternative eateries available. Eat first!.
  • Nice living history setup. Some crafts for sale, some of which are made on site. The living history reenactors are knowledgeable about the structures and artifacts and life in the period portrayed. Beautiful grounds. Half off adult admission for active military and dependents.
  • Really cool living history museum. I loved talking to the people there about how things were in the region. Also got a few good tips on local restaurants.
  • Vermilionville is a great place to learn about Cajun culture. They have numerous historical houses that have been moved there with people in many of them to educate on Cajun culture. On Saturdays they open up the dining hall for people to play Cajun Music and talk about it's history. It's a must see for tourist as well as anyone who has never been out there before.
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