You don’t need a Delorean to travel back in time. (Although I still wished I had one that could travel through time.) You can simply get in your own vehicle and drive to Saint Martinville.
The Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site is a reproduction of a farm home that once existed near Bayou Teche. It gives you a chance to experience what life was like for the early Acadians who were probably not a well off as other families. When you arrive at the site, you go into the main house and sign up for the next tour. This main house is actually a museum that is full of old farm equipment used by people who lived in this area. The property is just off of Main street in Saint Martinville. It is open Wednesday through Sunday and costs $4 per person.
I had been seeing this place off Main street for quite some time. And on a random Saturday, my kids and I had nothing to do and somehow, I don’t know how I managed to convince them to go with me to check out this early plantation home. (I really don’t know how I convinced them to go because usually both of them are anti anything that is slightly educational.) We signed up for the next tour and walked around until it was time for the tour. The tour starts in a movie room where you watch a short film. The film gives a short history of the farmhouse and its previous inhabitants. My kids watched intently and seemed to pay attention. After the show, a tour guide was waiting by the screen and he took us to the house. He explained in great detail who lived in this home and how much money they probably made. We got to walk around and see the bedrooms and the dining room. We saw the servant bedroom and the early outdoor kitchen. My two children asked questions and they did not get bored. They both enjoyed the tour.
I recommend visiting this place. It was fun to travel back in time and catch a glimpse of life in the 1800s.
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