Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site, Saint Martinville

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Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, located in St. Martinville, Louisiana, showcases the cultural significance of the Bayou Teche region. It is the oldest state park site in Louisiana, founded in 1934 as the Longfellow-Evangeline State Commemorative Area. Evangeline was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's enormously popular epic poem about Acadian lovers and figures into local history. In the town center, the Evangeline Oak is the legendary meeting place of the two lovers, Evangeline and Gabriel, and a statue of Evangeline marks her supposed grave next to St. Martin of Tours Church. The state historic site commemorates the broader historical setting of the poem in the Acadian and Creole culture of this region of Louisiana.Several historic buildings are showcased at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, which cover 157acre:Maison Olivier, designated a National Historic Landmark (as Acadian House) in 1974, is a plantation home built c. 1815 by Pierre Olivier Duclozel de Vezin, a wealthy Creole at the time. The structure is an excellent example of a Raised Creole Cottage, a simple and distinctive architectural form which shows a mixture of Creole, Caribbean, and French influences. Maison Olivier is located behind the Visitor's Center. Also near Maison Olivier is a blacksmith shop.A c. 1790 Acadian cabin, which reveals the contrast between Acadian and Creole archittecture.A reproduction Acadian farmstead lies near Bayou Teche. It is representative of a single-family farm in the early 19th century. It includes a family home, a barn, privy and outdoor kitchen and bread oven.
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  • This State-run park is a must see for those travelers interested in the history and culture of the Acadia area of Louisiana - our tour guide was excellent. Grounds well-kept - we enjoyed walking aroun...  more »
  • As we traveled from Breaux Bridge to New Iberia, we happened to pass a sign for Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville, LA. We went into a well maintained Visitor's Center and wa...  more »
  • If you are looking for an educational experience of early acadian life, for the whole family, you need to check out this state historic site. Aside from the friendly interpretive staff, original plant...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful and well reserved history. Lots to see. Staff was friendly. They have old toys for kids to play with before the tour. Our tour guide was very informative and dressed the part. She always was great letting the kids in our group interact along the way.
  • Great museum and it's beautiful to walk around. A lot of freedom, it's a self guided, and we could even have a picnic afterwards
  • I really enjoyed the lesson on Cajun and Creole history I received at this historic site. It has a creole plantation and an Arcadian cabin. The staff here were very helpful and coated me with bug spray. The experience was much better than I expected from a small site. They have majestic live oaks. I loved the Gabriel oak.
  • Just as depicted in the radio show on NPR. Thank you!
  • I had a delightful time here and was surprised to see what we had in our own back yard. I would recommend this as a place to check out if you are interested in Cajun and Creole history.