LAFAYETTE -- Vermilionville, a 23-acre living history museum
located here, will mark its 10th anniversary in 2000.
is dedicated to the re-creation of the Acadian- Creole life between
about 1765 and 1890.
"We offer guided tours daily, live Cajun music daily, a
Cajun-Creole restaurant, gift shop, bakery and art gallery," said
Kristi Bille, the museum's marketing coordinator.
Cooking demonstrations also are conducted on a daily basis, and
there are craftspeople and artisans on site every day.
"Vermilionville also offers a free monthly lecture series and an
art exhibit that features a new Acadian artist each month," Bille
The lectures are held on the first Wednesday of each month from
noon to 1 p.m. On July 7, the topic will be "The Americanization of
Cajun Culture"; on Aug. 4, "History of the Acadians," and on Sept.
1, "La Conservation Culturelle et La Louisiane Francophone."
In addition, a "French table" is held monthly, in which visitors
and locals speak only French during a luncheon at the on-site
"As part of FrancoFete events throughout the state,
Vermilionville this month is hosting the Chestee Harrington
traveling exhibit," Bille said. Titled "Esprit de la Louisiane," it
includes pieces created specifically in honor of the 300th
Other exhibits scheduled include one by George Rodrigue that is
yet to be titled but is set for July 12; "Acadie Nord et Sud"
(Acadiana North and South) by Phillip Gould & Dolores Breau,
set for Aug. 9, and "From the Prairies of Southwest Louisiana" by
Elemore Morgan Jr., Sept. 13.
Since many of the visitors to Vermilionville come from
international markets -- particularly France, Canada and Germany --
it offers French and German materials and programming, Bille said.
About 65% of the staff speak French fluently.
Admission to the attraction is $8 for adults, $6.50 senior
citizens and $5 for children ages 6 to 18.
Phone: (800) 99BAYOU or (318) 233-4077