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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Lafayette attractions like Vermilionville can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I have been to Vermilionville several times over the years. Most recently, I attended a business group event there. It is a wonderful place to learn about the Acadians and their rich culture and histo...  more »
  • Agree with another reviewer, "pleasantly different from other 'villages seen." Made this trip to learn more about the Acadia section of Louisiana - this was an excellent introduction to the history. R...  more »
  • Very important work of memory that is in this village. The storyteller and presenters are volunteers, and tell the story of their ancestors in a exciting way. It is a pleasant walk. Beautiful discovery.
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  • Although I have gone to a few events here, I usually only take the full Vermilionville tour when a friend comes into town. But each time I do, I learn something new. It's such a great, historical place, and no matter if you live in town or not, it's definitely worth a visit. The workers are fun to chat with and learn from, and the grounds are beautiful. They also host Cajun jams, workshops, lectures and films, and have a restaurant. Good times.
  • Recently held a Bridal Shower at the restaurant there. The staff was amazing and extremely friendly and helpful. The room was set up as we had requested and the food was fantastic. Would highly recommend.
  • This is the second time I have been here for the Blackpot festival. Great music and good food! The organizers did a great job!
  • This is a must see if you are traveling thru Lafayette. It's so close to the airport you could walk across the road. Once you enter the villiage, you are transported back in time to the old cajun way of life. The reenactors really make it cone to life and are very knowledgeable. I love that my heiratiage is preserved in this way. We even got to see a live native alligator along the river. We ate at the cafe for lunch. The gumbo was the best I've had (other than my grandmothers). We had the plate lunches which was smothered duck. It was so much fid we couldn't eat it all. To finish our meal they brought out bread pudding in a rum sauce that was to die for. This experience was the highlight of our whole trip.
  • I love this charming historic place with its old buildings and friendly people dressed up like historic characters to explain processes like weaving and wood carving. I really enjoyed strolling around taking pictures and learning about the history of the Cajuns and Creoles.