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“History of the Acadians”

Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site
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Chicago
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“History of the Acadians”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

My wife and I stopped here as the owner of the bed and breakfast we were staying at in Breaux Bridge recommended it to us. There is a $4 pp admission. It was not crowded when we were there. We had the tour guide to ourselves. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of this area. You can learn much about the history of the Acadians by visiting here. This park featured an old home from the Creole era as well as a house and outbuildings from the Acadians. The grounds are beautiful and truly historic, being the site of an early 1800's era Creole plantation. There is the original Creole home, plus several Acadian buildings and an Acadian farmstead.

From the Louisiana State Park website:

Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site explores the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples along the famed Bayou Teche. Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchmen and Spaniards, slaves and free people of color-all contributed to the historical tradition of cultural diversity in the Teche region. French became the predominant language, and it remains very strong in the region today.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1847 epic poem Evangeline made people around the world more aware of the 1755 expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia and their subsequent arrival in Louisiana. In this area, the story was also made popular by a local novel based on Longfellow's poem, Acadian Reminiscences: The True Story of Evangeline, written by Judge Felix Voorhies in 1907.

Visited July 2013
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Lafayette, LA
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660 reviews
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“A must if you are in St. Martinville.”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

This is a beautiful area in St. Martinville. You can learn much about the history of Acadiana here. While here make certain to stop at St. Martin De Tours Catholic Church. It is one of the most historic and beautiful Catholic Churches in America.

Visited July 2013
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Midwest
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“Creole and Acadian History Comes Alive”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

This park featured an old home from the Creole era as well as a house and outbuildings from the Acadians. Interpreters onsite were very good. A nice way to spend a couple of hours in Cajun country and learn a lot.

Visited April 2013
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Baton Rouge
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“Longfellow Evangeline”
Reviewed 17 May 2013

This is a beautiful place and learned about the poem written for Evangeline. Makes history come alive!

Visited January 2013
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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“Do not miss this incredible historic site!”
Reviewed 8 May 2013

We almost passed on this park due to the lukewarm reviews on TA, but what a mistake that would have been! This is one of the best historic sites we have visited. The grounds are beautiful and truly historic, being the site of an early 1800's era Creole plantation. There is the original Creole home, plus several Acadian buildings and an Acadian farmstead. The small museum was very informative and had great artifacts. The staff was very helpful and gave tours of the site frequently. All exhibits were in English and French and most of the people there were of Cajun heritage and were bi-lingual. We had a great half-day here with no crowds or commercialization. The price was right too!

Visited May 2013
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