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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  • Spending the day with my sister who lives in Louisiana and traveling around with her and her husband they take us to St Martinville to see the Evangeline Oak and to learn the story behind the Oak Tree...  more »
  • We visited this historic plantation house and visitor center because I am especially interested in textiles, weaving, and the history of women's craft work. The exhibit on cotton spinning and weaving ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great job on the Frisbee golf course!!
  • 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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