Lafayette is the fourth largest city in the state of Louisiana. The city was originally founded as Vermilionville in 1821 by a French-speaking Acadian named Jean Mouton. It is the center of the Cajun culture in Louisiana and the United States. Cajun and Creole cultures of the surrounding area attracts lots of visitors to the city. You should go to Vermilionville, a reconstruction of a Cajun-Creole settlement from the 1765-to-1890 era when visiting Lafayette. You will get the taste of the lifestyle of the 18th-century Acadian settlers in this village meticulously recreated with items from that era. Vermilionville is the largest physical representation of Acadian and Creole culture in the world. It is also the site of the Acadian Village which sits on a beautiful tree-covered 23-acre area on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion. Located in the heart of Lafayette, this site provides a place for music, food, cultural hub, historic architecture and more. The Acadian Village features houses, a church, a blacksmith shop and an art gallery. The Village comes to life at the first three weeks of December for Noël Acadien au Village. While you are there don’t forget to stop by at the Acadian Cultural Center. It tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement and contemporary culture of the Acadians as well as other groups in the area. It offers ranger programs, exhibits, music, story-telling, films, dance and various events throughout the years. The center also offers various programs and activities for kids where they can explore the center and earn a badge. The center also has a bookstore where visitors can buy music, books and crafts.
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Lafayette is home to University of Louisiana. It is a public research university located in the heart of Acadian. Founded in 1898, the university has the second largest enrollment in the state of Louisiana. Many people comes to see this 137-acre beautiful university campus while visiting the city. Cypress Lake located in the main campus near Atchafalaya Basin also attracts brings many visitors to the city. The lake is home to home to alligators, turtles, birds and fishes. While you are there, you could also go to the University Art Museum. It is an education-oriented museum that serves as a center for interdisciplinary learning. The center is a replica of the Hermitage, a 19th century Louisiana River Road plantation house. This 33,000 square feet museum was opened to public in 1968. It houses over 4,000 objects in their permanent collection including 18th through 21st century American, European and Asian art works. It also has an 11,000 square-foot gallery featuring changing exhibitions of regional, national and international art. Longfellow-Evangeline State Park is located not too far from the museum also draws many tourists. It is the oldest state park in Louisiana, founded in 1934. The park highlights the cultural significance of the Bayou Teche region. Evangeline was the epic poem written by Henry Wadsworth published in 1847. The poem follows an Acadian girl named Evangeline and her search for her lost love Gabriel. The nearby Evangeline Oak is the legendary meeting place of the two lovers. There are several historic buildings: Maison Olivier, a Acadian Cabin and a Farmstead near Bayou Teche are showcased at the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site.