The Acadian Memorial had its beginnings in a project to preserve the Evangeline Oak by establishing a park to regulate a defined area around the oak and the adjacent daughter oak. In planning the park, it was noted that while the Evangeline Oak represented St. Martinville's literary ties to the Acadian story through Longfellow's poem, it did not, however, acknowledge its historic ties to the Acadians. The settlement of the refugees in the St. Martinville area constituted the first large Acadian community in Louisiana, and it was here that the Acadians first referred to their adopted homeland as Nouvelle Acadie or New Acadia. Thus were the seeds planted in the minds of those who are ultimately responsible for the creation of the Acadian Memorial--Jane G. Bulliard and Patricia D. Resweber. Today, Evangeline Oak Park offers a welcome respite for the locals and visitors, who can enjoy Cajun music and folklore by the tranquil waters of the Bayou Teche and explore Louisiana's heritage at the Memorial and other historic sites.Add Acadian Memorial to your Saint Martinville travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Saint Martinville trip maker site.
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We spent a couple of hours here this afternoon and really enjoyed our time. The audio is really informative. The wall of names is quite striking as is the deportation cross and the coat of arms. I... more »
For those who descend from the people and families who first moved to southern Louisiana, this memorial is ideal. It recognizes many of the key individuals that made such a move possible. It offers..... more »
Absolutely fabulous! We visited here when I was a young child. I might have been 6 are 7 years of age. We were told the stories of the old plantation which were so exciting... Coming back now was even better to hear the stories all again and to see the big oak trees so many memories...
The memorial area needs some upkeep. There isn't much more than what you can see online at their website. There is also a small Acadian and Black History museum - not a lot of information but it was a decent introduction to their histories. The Black museum also has some of the Mardi Gras outfits on display.
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