Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site

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Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site

Louisiana

(337) 394-3754

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Overview

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.

It was once the home of Maison Olivier, the plantation house built in 1815. Furnished with mid-19th C pieces, the mansion is a mixture of Creole, Caribbean, and French influences. An Acadian Cabin on the grounds illustrates how different the lives of the Acadians and Creoles were. The Farmstead is an example of how a single family home would have appeared in the early 19th century. In 1934, the property became the first park of the Louisiana State Parks system. In 1974, Maison Olivier was designated a National Historic Landmark. Opened 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Guided tours of historic Maison Olivier are available, and special interpretive programs and events take place throughout the year. Groups are asked to call in advance.

Map of Longfellow-Evangeline (LA)

Latitude, Longitude: 30.134680, -91.826540

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Tours are available. Contact the park for more information.

  • Historic Sites

    A reproduction Acadian Farmstead is situated along the bank of Bayou Teche. The Farmstead is an example of how a typical single-family farm would have appeared around 1800. The site includes the family home with an outdoor kitchen and bread oven, slave quarters and a barn. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Guided tours of historic Maison Olivier are available, and special interpretive programs and events take place throughout the year.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available.

Directions

Driving

The site is located on LA 31 in St. Martinville, 30 minutes southeast of Lafayette.

Phone Numbers

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(337) 394-3754

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