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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  • 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 »
  • 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!
  • Wonderful historical Park. We had a terrific volunteer tour guide. Watch out for the mosquitos.
  • Beautiful place.. Friendly staff and many interesting things to learn about
  • 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.
  • Good place to learn some history and great scenery wondwrful place to visit
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