Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site, Saint Martinville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 40 reviews on the web
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 site has an Acadian cabin and a creole plantation house. It had many live oaks. The most impressive was the Gabriel oak. The staff here was wonderful. I loved that they had bug spray for those wh...  read more »
  • The tour guide is awesome with his Louisiana history. He was so gracious with his knowledge of the area and of this plantation. A very worthwhile stop while in St. Martinville or even to come back too...  read more »
  • Lots of history here but mostly through exhibits in the old Plantation Home and Arcadian Old Farmstead. Not much to touch or to do other than read and see. There is a good 12 minute video about the pl...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Went to take pics with our Camaro club and they let us know that just to be on grounds is $4 per person. They let us finish pic but watched to make sure we didn't walk around. Didn't see past parking lot so don't know about the rest
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  • Great job on the Frisbee golf course!!
  • First ever State Park in Louisiana. This is an absolute beautiful park, not to be missed.
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