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“Worth a stop”
Review of Vermilionville

Vermilionville
Ranked #1 of 54 things to do in Lafayette
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Get a taste of life for the 18th-century Acadian settlers in this 23-acre village with meticulously recreated period homes, costumed staff demonstrating arts and crafts and a restaurant serving Cajun and Creole food.
Reviewed April 8, 2010

Interesting buildings of early Acadian/Cajun settlers. Fine meal at Cuisine de Mama and very enjoyable time in the big barn listening to live zydeco and watching accomplished locals dancing. VERY untouristy.
Tour on the boardwalk at St. Martin Lake nearby was recommended by staff here and it was fantastic - the pink and white spoonbill pelicans were nesting and we also saw alligators, snakes and turtles in the swamp.

2  Thank atlantaresident
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

Very friendly staff , lots of cabins and exhibits to see. You can wander round at your leisure which is always good.

1  Thank AnAislingSkye
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Reviewed February 18, 2008

The re-creations blend in well with the original structures to show a nice representation of life in the bayou country in the early years.
The real treat is the live music on Sunday afternoons. Authentic creole artist perform and the locals dance to the beat. A great way to spend the day. Well worth the $8 admission for adults. Kids would find it interesting as well.

4  Thank modad
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Reviewed October 2, 2007

As a collection of restored historic structures and replicas of vernacular buildings, Vermilionville does fairly well.

However, its version of 18th and 19th century Louisiana folklife falls short in many respects. If you are seeking out a "trip back in time", you are likely to be disappointed. The overall impression of Vermilionville is an attraction that is still trying to cash in on the long-dead "Cajun" craze of the late 1980s, promoting a quaint and contrived picture of the early inhabitants of south-central Louisiana.

Recorded contemporary Cajun dance music blares from unseen speakers, employees in inaccurate "peasant" costumes tell jokes and speak with fake accents, and the historical and cultural reality of the region is obscured behind something a little too Disney-esque for my tastes.

The sad thing about such "museums" is that they perpetuate stereotypes and trivialize the customs of those who came before.

3  Thank catlady918
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Reviewed January 21, 2005

We have been going to Lafayette for weekend trips for years and had heard of VermilionVille but had never gone... Finally we went...
This is an Acadian Village set up with buildings that were brought in from surrounding areas... Some of the buildings consists of a school, church, blacksmith and several houses... On weekends they have guides dressed in period attire that will take you on a walking tour of the grounds, telling you stories and giving you history of the Acadians and how they were ousted from Novia Scotia and why...
They also have a Music/Dance Hall in which on weekends they have local musicians that volunteer to play French/Cajun Music... and if you feel like toe tapping, your more than welcome to do so and will feel right at home...

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10  Thank Brenda W
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