We recently had 2 days to explore Lafayette, LA.
We began by visiting Jean Lafitte National Park. It is a modern, clean and wonderfully staffed facility, with auditorium, museum and gift shop. We watched their 30 minute video on the history of the area. It was very well done. Be sure to view the poster map they have in the gift shop. It's a great pictorial of the events that led to the cultural foundation of this land.
I have French Canadian ancestry. After viewing the movie, I was intrigued about the families sent into exile from Nova Scotia in 1755. One ranger showed me a list of the deported family names, and to my surprise, my maiden name was among those listed. That was all it took to send me on a treasure hunt to learn more. The ranger suggested we next go to a small town "just 7 miles up the road" ( St Martinsville, LA) . The St Martinsville Museum has a roster of all the families who eventually arrived and settled in this region. This lead did not uncover any new family history for me, but the great advice of the ranger did take us to a quaint town, and informative museum. So, thanks to the folks at Jean Lafitte. We had a fun day.
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