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Louisiana History & Culture

The culture in south Louisiana defines its way of life; and the elements of its culture include family, religion, music, food and it's french language.

The French province of Acadia (today's Nova Scotia and surrounding regions) was settled in the 1600s by French colonists, but the area became a British possession soon afterwards. In 1755, as war neared between France and England, the British authorities demanded that the Acadians renounce their Roman Catholic faith and swear allegiance to the Crown. The Acadians refused and the mass exile that followed is well known to all who have read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Evangeline".

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Vermilionville

Vermilionville

300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette
337.233..4077 / 866.99.bayou

A 32 acre Cajun/Creole heritage and folk life park nestled on the banks of the Vermilion River in a living history museum setting. Self-guided tours, costumed craftspeople.

Learn about traditional crafts and trades from our artisans who demonstrate everything from spinning cotton to wood carving.  Explore original restored structures dating from the time period 1765-1890, as well as recreations of other building of this period.

Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm
1 1/2 hour tour
Adult $8, Seniors $6.50, Child $5, 1-6 Free

Vermilionville is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our historic village is closed on Mondays and for all major holidays including New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Cajun Jam Sessions
Every Saturday
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Jam session does not occur on Native American Culture Day or the Saturday of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles)

Bal Du Dimanche
Live bands every Sunday
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Band performance does not occur on Sunday of Louisiana Folk Roots BALFA Camp ; times of performances may vary during special event days)

 

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Jeanne Lafitte Cultural Center

Jeanne Lafitte Cultural Center

Why are so many American towns named for a French aristocrat? Find out through a special bilingual exhibit about the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolutionary War. There's always something happening at Jean Lafitte.

 

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Acadian Village

Acadian Village
200 Greenleaf Dr., Lafayette    

337.981.2364 / 800962.9133

Are you interested in knowing what it was like living in the 19th century?  LARC's Acadian Village is Lafayette's oldest authentic vision of life in 19th century Southwest Louisiana.  It's a true showcase of historical homes nested alongside winding bayous which depict the unique Acadian architecture of the time. You'll get to visit a blacksmith shop, general store and two event venues.

Visit Noel Acadian from Nov 28th - Dec 23rd for 25 nights of half a million lights and live nightly entertainment.  Featuring Holiday displays, carnival rides, local cuisine, photos with santa, noel raffle and holiday shopping. You definitely don't want to miss this!

Monday-Saturday    10am-4pm
Adult $7 Senior $6 Student $4

 

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Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum

240 S.C.C. Duson, Eunice

337.457.6534
See Artifacts & memorabilia which are all related to Cajun music and culture. The Cajun French Music Association non-profit organization comprised of Cajuns and non-Cajuns whose purpose is to promote and preserve, not only Cajun music, but also various aspects of the Acadian Heritage.
Free. Mon-Fri 8am -4pm Winter 9am-4pm

 

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Jean Lafitte National Park Acadian Cultural Center

Jean Lafitte National Park Acadian Cultural Center

501 Fisher Rd., Lafayette   

800.346.1958
The Center, a unit of the National Park Service, depicts the story of the Acadians who settled the prairies, bayous, and marshes of southern Louisiana.   

In Jean Lafitte's day, silver and gold filled a pirate's treasure chest, but today's treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans’ rich cultural mix. Learn Cajun traditions from people who live them. Watch an alligator bask on a bayou’s bank. Walk in the footsteps of the men who fought at 1815’s Battle of New Orleans. Follow the link to discover the treasure of Jean Lafitte.Also brief film on explosion of the Acadians.

Daily 8am-5pm Movie 9am-4pm
Free
337.232.0789

 

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Liberty Theatre/Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns' Music Show

Liberty Theatre/Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns' Music Show

200 W. Park Ave., Eunice 

337.457.7398
Renovated 1924 movie house is home to a weekly radio music show with Cajun bands and dancing. Hosted in French and in the format of the Grand Old Opry and Louisiana Hayride.
Sat 6-7pm
1 1/2 hours
$5, Under 12 - $3

 

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