The Acadian Village Lafayette
Where are we going today?
History comes to life at the Acadian Village! If you LOVE to step back in time and imagine a life different to yours now, then why not head back to 19th Century Louisiana? It's amazing how you will start to look at the state differently when you have seen how other people used to experience it.
The Acadian Village in Lafayette is the oldest authentic look into 19th century life in Southwest Louisiana. Kids and families can explore a number of fascinating historic homes on display, alongside the winding bayous. These homes really showcase the unique Acadian architecture of that time - that's over 100 years ago!
How do you think it would be different to live in that time?
You can explore the blacksmith shop, as well as a general store, and see the very simple lives they would have led.
So who are the people you will be learning about at the Acadian Village? The people were peace-loving, and really made the most of what they had around them. It's a good lesson for kids who might want all the latest products when here they can learn how to recycle, and understand the concept of waste.
From corn that was used to make dolls, hats and mattresses, to green moss that was used to create mule harnesses, insulation and upholstery.
Did you know back then even candles were made at home using beeswax that was melted? Pretty incredible isn't it! All of the homes were locally made too, because transporting materials was hard and expensive.
You can see some of the more larger homes which had dining rooms, and some even had a fan that was manually spun round by a little boy with a rope through the wall so flies wouldn't get on the food - can you imagine doing that now!?
History is alive at the Acadian Village, and it's a fascinating and historical family day out option in Louisiana! Who said history was boring!
How much does it cost?
- Children$6.48 (Ages 5 - 17)
- Free Under: 4 years of age
When can we go?
10am - 4pm Monday to Saturday
Closed November for tours, Sundays and major holidays.
You have to schedule tours in advance, but they would LOVE to have you! You can choose the length from self-guided, 2 hour or 4 hour tours, and 2 teachers receive free admission! There are LOTS of field trip options! .
Any Top Tips?
If you LOVE the museum and want to help, they are always looking for donations - currently all profits made go straight back into the village! .
Doing our bit
They ensure they uphold the culture and history of Acadian life - and educate all who visit on it! They also make sure that everything is authentic.
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call to check accessibility for anyone in a wheelchair.
Can I get one of those?
The General Store has a variety of souviners, including postcards, books, shirts and kids trinkets! .
During December they have Christmas Lights events every evening! .