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“Creole and Acadian History Comes Alive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site

Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site
1200 North Main St, Saint Martinville, LA
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Midwest
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Creole and Acadian History Comes Alive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Longfellow Evangeline”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 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!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 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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Houston, Texas
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“Step back a little bit in time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We hadn't planned to visit but stopped in when we saw the area around it, which was quite pretty. We were allowed in at no charge due to senior benefits which was a surprise as usually they is some type of charge. The guide gave the tour in both English and French as we had two other couples on the tour that spoke French. It just added to the experience. The property is beautiful, the information provided by the guide was good as she tried to impart what it was like in the early days. The house had furniture that was from the time period but not from the house itself, but nice and interesting. The outbuildings were the restored originals. The guides did everything they could to make you enjoy the experience. We enjoyed it but my origins are from there so that made it special. If you are traveling with children, or young adults, they might not be entertained enough.

Visited February 2013
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Baltimore
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“Very interesting, very cheap”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This not very well known site has a modern visitor center with small museum and a number of restored nineteenth century buildings replete with authentic furniture, tools, animals and plants from the Acadian (French speaking Louisianans, many transplanted from Nova Scotia and now known as "Cajuns") farmers of this area.

The staff members we met were friendly and knowledgeable. They included a young man with a deep knowledge of the history of the area and a lot of old style farming, hunting, and animal husbandry skills that enabled him to answer every question anyone asked from what happened to the Spanish land grants in the area to advantages of white vs. yellow cotton, to how to catch racoons in the area.

The price was free to children and seniors, and only $4 for others. That compared to $18 at a private plantation site nearby.

Visited January 2013
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