Evangeline Monument

Evangeline Monument, Saint Martinville: Tickets, Tours, Address, Evangeline Monument Reviews: 4/5

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MonroeLouisiana
Monroe146 contributions
Interesting Literary/Historical Site
Aug 2020
This monument and park is a bit difficult to find because GPS was not accurate. However, it is in downtown St. Martinville, right behind the Catholic Church on Bayou Teche. You might think that the monument and legendary oak tree would be in the Evangeline-Longfellow State Park at the north end of town. In reality, the state park has more information about the history of the Acadians than either Longfellow or Evangeline. Evangeline Oak Park is a small space on the bayou, but it is lovely. Besides the outstretched tree, the signs give information about the legend of Evangeline, in English and also French on the reverse side. There is a picturesque gazebo by the bayou and a short walking trail. Visitors should also check out an old hotel nearby that has been converted into Evangeline B&B. Also, the back side of the church has graves with a statue dedicated to Evangeline (Longfellow's heroine), also known as Emmeline in Acadian historical legend. Interestingly enough, neither Evangeline nor Emmeline existed as real persons with these names, although the statue is alongside graves of people who actually lived. Interesting legends and history as a tribute to the suffering and spirit of the Acadian people!
Written August 18, 2020
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Ed E
Bainbridge, NY35 contributions
Its a long way from Nova Scotia
Feb 2020
The traumatic relocation of a people from Nova Scotia to Louisiana is a tragic story that has been repeated too many times throughout human history. Many died, many never were able to reconnect with their families and lovers. In many ways it parallels the Trail of Tears where Native Americans were relocated to Oklahoma from the east. While this monument is not overly impressive artistically it is an important touchstone of history.
Written February 29, 2020
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FLChristianMom
Orlando, Florida, USA769 contributions
Must read poem for monument to have any significance.
May 2019 • Family
This monument is not located at the Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site. This monument is located at the Saint Martin de Tours Mother Church of the Acadians (on the National Register of Historic Places) in St. Martinville. The yellow and white church takes center stage in downtown and stage left is the Evangeline Monument. In front of the Monument are tombstone plaques, some in pieces and some dating back to 1791. Of course none of this means anything unless Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem, Evangeline, is read beforehand. It is an eloquently written piece of history of the Acadian people and their expulsion from Novia Scotia to Southern Louisiana. There is a love story between Evangeline and Gabriel as well as descriptions of the topography, culture, and people of Acadiana. This is worth the trip alone to see the poem come to life. Also depicted in the poem is the Evangeline Oak located behind the church across the street heading toward Bayou Teche. It is a nice place to reflect on the Acadian history and see an exerpt of the poem on Longfellow's bust. It was a lovely day to stroll and we spent an hour at most. We parked on a side street for free and even heard the church bells after a funeral let out. It took us 15 minutes to drive from downtown Lafayette through back roads.
Written May 25, 2019
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Paul S
Marion1,565 contributions
Wherefore art thou Gabriel
Sep 2018 • Family
Here behind the church Evangeline sits in her traveling cloak and patiently and stoically waits and waits for her precious Gabriel. Longfellow writes "Down the long street she passed, with her chaplet of beads and her missal, wearing the Norman cap, and her kirtle of blue....Homeward serenely she walked with God's benediction upon her. When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music." Well, the statue didn't move me to melody, maybe because its features are based on the actress who portrayed the character of Evangeline in a silent film so I don't know how authentic the kirtle and missal are. It also is not the tomb of Evangeline, although the actual woman whose story gave Longfellow the idea for his epic is buried nearby. There is a small parking lot and also plenty of on street parking around. Fully accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
Written October 24, 2018
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Joeclement
Lafayette, LA360 contributions
Great Place To Visit
Oct 2017
Great place to visit when in Saint Martinville. In a very good location with lots to see and do all in walking distance
Written March 31, 2018
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bandman
Scott, LA2,349 contributions
Only go here if you know the story or are interested in history.
Jan 2018 • Friends
This is a very interesting stop but only a well read person would understand. The people who make statements like "it's just a statue" do not know the story of the Acadian people. This is the last part of a lesson about the Acadians, not a first stop.

Take the time to read Longfellow's Evangeline. It is only about 1500 lines long. Even if you don't ever make it to this area that is a piece of literature that everyone should read.

The church beside the monument is also fascinating with a great history of its' own. After doing some pre-reading go on a weekday and plan on spending an hour or two in this area. If you do not pre-read then hire a tour guide. Without knowing what you are looking at you may walk away saying "it's only a statue" or "the tree is closed".
Written January 8, 2018
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TrueTexasTraveler
Amarillo, TX1,010 contributions
Historic Cemetery Right Outside the Church Building
Nov 2016 • Couples
While the monument is well done and the story fascinating, the cemetery itself is the real reason to stop. Right next to the church building, in the style of Catholic churches and cemeteries in France, this is unique and will leave you wanting to learn more.
Written July 27, 2017
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rockymtngirl65
Calgary, Canada16 contributions
Grand Pre
May 2017
Nicely done history museum. Very worthwhile video of Acadian life. Gift shop was a pleasure to shop in. The short stroll to the monument, gave time for reflection. A heart breaking tale, in the form of a poem.
Written June 4, 2017
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EFGreig
Saint Martinville, LA10 contributions
Worth adding to your walking tour of the "Square"
Apr 2016 • Family
If you are taking the time to visit Saint Martinville and are doing a "walking tour", this worth checking out, especially if you are interested in some history, especially some "fictituous history." you'll need to check out the story of "Evangeline" on the internet to get the full appreciation. The monument is nice and surrounding garden is well kept. Oh, and there are (used to be, hadn't been by in a while), some old grave stones, interesting to read names/dates.
Written March 14, 2017
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dasg23
319 contributions
Ok
Dec 2016 • Family
It's a statue. A nice one. Other than than I don't know what to say about it. If you go to the Evangeline Oak it's close. Located behind the church.
Written December 28, 2016
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