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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 1847 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.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.
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.
Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site reviews
This review is long overdue, as we wanted to give Austin 10 stars for being such a great interpreter at this park. We learned volumes as he shared his wealth of knowledge and took time to answer our..... more
This review is long overdue, as we wanted to give Austin 10 stars for being such a great interpreter at this park. We learned volumes as he shared his wealth of knowledge and took time to answer our..... more »
Small and quaint plantation home but a little run down. Enjoyed the museum, film about home, walking the grounds and seeing the Acadia home.
Small and quaint plantation home but a little run down. Enjoyed the museum, film about home, walking the grounds and seeing the Acadia home. more »
We enjoyed our visit here so so much! The people are so knowledgeable and friendly and the history is interesting and fascinating. The buildings and grounds are beautiful.
Pretty interesting place with local historical and cultural information and exhibits inside the main checkin building. Free for 62+ seniors, otherwise $4 entrance fees. There are trails to walk to The Olivier House and other 1800s era buildings with lots of tools and furnishings from that era. We enjoyed ourselves and recommend a visit.
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