Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site, Saint Martinville

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Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site (French: Site historique d'État Longfellow-Evangeline), 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 157 acres (0.64 km2):

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.

A visit to Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Saint Martinville day trip site to plot your vacation.
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  • A better value than the expensive Rip Van Winkle, Longfellow Evangeline State Historical Site contains exhibits with a history of the Creole and Acadian people. But it was the grounds that amazed the....  more »
  • This historical site is vert interesting and provides for a great photo op. Recommend checking it out when in the area.  more »
  • Great for a day trip! We were taking here as children on family trips. Would spend the day and have a picnic. Beautiful landscaping old Evangeline Oaks and tons of History recommend for all to visit.
  • Very nice location for some Creole history. There is a short film in the entrance museum and cool artifacts. There is a historic plantation home and connecting buildings, gardens, a village and lots of period pieces. Good place to spend an afternoon and pack a picnic.

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