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, who are now figures in local history. In the town center, the Evangeline Oak is the legendary meeting place of the two lovers, Evangeline and Gabriel. 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.There is also a c. 1790 Acadian cabin, which reveals the contrast between Acadian and Creole architecture.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, a privy, an outdoor kitchen, and a bread oven.
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  • Came here on a Thursday morning. Very clean and neat. Very enlightening about the Cajun and Creole culture. A lot of walking if you are handicapped. Prices for admission are reasonable. Over 62 is fre...  more »
  • We visited the park over Thanksgiving weekend with two French-speaking friends. The introductory film is offered in French and English, and our tour guide was bilingual! This is an amazing site and of...  more »
  • Grounds are landscaped beautifully, well kept. Tour guide very knowledgeable on the subjects. Museum is well stocked with artifacts.  more »
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  • Well worth a visit. Worthwhile place to volunteer. Needs yard cleanup. Charming tour guide.
  • Wonderful history lesson about south Louisiana, the difference between Cajun and Creole, and just a beautiful place to visit.
  • We had such a delightful time. The staff was AMAZING. Our tour guide Tom was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a great time, and look forward to going back for their Saturday shows!
  • Very knowledgeable tour. Highly recommend.
  • A great place to learn about local history and the Acadians.
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