Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
|Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site|
Maison Olivier Creole cottage
|Location||St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, United States of America|
|Area||approx. 157 acres (64 ha) |
|Governing body||Louisiana Office of State Parks|
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, located in St. Martinville, Louisiana, showcases the cultural significance of the Bayou Teche region. It is the oldest state park site in Louisiana, founded in 1934 as the Longfellow-Evangeline State Commemorative Area. Evangeline was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's enormously popular epic poem about Acadian lovers and figures into local history. In the town center, the Evangeline Oak is the legendary meeting place of the two lovers, Evangeline and Gabriel, and a statue of Evangeline marks her supposed grave next to St. Martin of Tours Church. The state historic site commemorates the broader historical setting of the poem in the Acadian and Creole culture of this region of Louisiana.
Several historic buildings are showcased at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, which cover 157 acres (0.64 km2):
Maison Olivier, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, is a plantation home built circa 1815 by Pierre Olivier Duclozel de Vezin, a wealthy Creole at the time. The structure is an excellent example of a Raised Creole Cottage, a simple and distinctive architectural form which shows a mixture of Creole, Caribbean, and French influences. Maison Olivier is located behind the Visitor's Center. Alao near Maison Olivier is a blacksmith shop.
A circa 1790 Acadian Cabin, which reveals the contrast between Acadian and Creole archittecture.
The Acadian Farmstead lies near Bayou Teche. It is representative of a single-family farm in the early 19th century. It includes the family home, a barn, privy and outdoor kitchen and bread oven.
- "Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Louisiana Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- Herczog, Mary (2010). Frommer's New Orleans 2010. Frommer's. p. 312. ISBN 978-0-470-50471-0.
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