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  • St. Martin de Tours

    Cajuns call St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church the “Mother Church of the Acadians” for it was here in St. Martinville that the largest immigration of Acadians occurred in 1785. But the church was established before the Acadian’s arrival, in 1765, and church records hail back even further. It is the fourth oldest church in the State of Louisiana....

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  • St Martin de Tours Church

    Built on the site of a previous church, St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church is the fourth oldest church building in the state of Louisiana, and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, as is the entire historic center of St. Martinville.It is considered to be the "mother church" of the Acadians, those French settlers who were driven...

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  • Walking About - Longfellow-Evangeline...

    This tip is intended to give a few views of the grounds of the Longfellow - Evangeline State Historic Park. The first two photos show the garden and grounds of the Maison Olivier, and were taken from the porch or veranda. It's easy to imagine the Creole landowners sipping a cool libation of some sort, living the life of the rich, while surveying...

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  • Maison Olivier @ Longellow-Evangeline St...

    An example of Creole architecture, this raised cottage (or mansion) makes for an interesting tour. The plantation house was built by Charles DuClozel Olivier around 1815. It was renovated in 1845, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The plantation was prosperous under Oliver who had converted its main crop from cattle...

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  • Evangeline Statue - A Monument to the...

    Statue in St. Martinville, Louisiana, honoring Evangeline, the title heroine of an epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and all those Acadians who had been uprooted from Nova Scotia and settled in this region. For those unfamiliar with Longfellow's poem Evangeline, Wikipedia provides the following plot synopsis: "Evangeline describes the...

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  • Evangeline Oak

    I wonder if there is a more photographed live oak tree in the world.According to legend (or to fact according to the locals), this ancient live oak tree on the bank of the Bayou Teche marks the spot where Emmeline Labiche, said to be the inspiration for Longellow's epic poem Evangeline, landed after her long trip from Nova Scotia. It was also here...

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  • Closed

    The tour guide lady at the Olivier house in the State Historical Park was quite adamant that there was no place local worth eating at except Possums, and the mom of the little girl said the same. So, as it was getting on towards 12:20, we set off to find it. It is a bit toward the New Iberia side of town on Louisiana route 31.They have a $4.95...

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  • Good plate lunches

    Good South Louisiana home -cooked food at low prices. Smothered chicken with rice and gravy, for example.

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  • St. Martin de Tours

    The Saint Martin that the church was named for was a originally a soldier in the Roman army stationed in France. Martin of Tours is the patron saint of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, which has a medal in his name. One day as he was approaching the gates of the city of Amiens, he met a scantily clad beggar. He impulsively cut his military cloak...

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  • St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church

    St. Martinville is about 2 hours or so west of New Orleans near Lafayette, Louisiana. St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church is one of the oldest chruches in Louisiana. It was built in 1836 on the location of the church that the Acadians constructed after settling in Louisiana. A co-worker told me of the church, so as I was in a nearby town for...

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