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Family Fun at Festival International de Louisiane

Travel Through Time in Lafayette’s Historic Folk Villages

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The Lafayette area is home to two historic folk villages, which bring the culture of Louisiana’s unique Acadiana region to life. These popular sites feature tours, authentic architecture and interactive activities that transport visitors to the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Acadian Village showcases 19th-century daily life in a recreated village with more than a dozen historic structures. Families check in at the General Store, then proceed on a walking tour through a collection of preserved buildings, including private residences, blacksmith's shop, schoolhouse, doctor's office and more. The structures are examples of authentic Acadian architecture, set along a peaceful bayou.

The Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park features multiple exhibits on various aspects of life in Acadiana from 1765 to 1890, including interpretative information on Native American, Cajun and Creole peoples. Costumed interpreters demonstrate handicrafts, regional cooking and music. Families can also take a culinary class or 90-minute boat trip along Vermilion Bayou.

Photo Credit: Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism