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Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park Website.

For over 20 years Bayou Vermilion District has provided a valuable service for the citizens of Lafayette Parish, the heart of Acadiana. The Master Plan for the Bayou Vermilion District recognizes the Bayou Vermilion as one of Lafayette’s most unique assets. The work performed by the District serves to beautify, conserve and manage sites along the bayou ensuring the preservation and enhancement of the natural and cultural resources in Lafayette Parish.


The Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park is an operating unit within Bayou Vermilion District created to preserve and represent Acadian, Creole, and Native American cultures within the region. It provides Lafayette residents and visitors from all over the world a wonderful opportunity to view a lifestyle as it occured during a time period spanning from 1765 to 1890. Vermilionville is the largest physical representation of Acadian and Creole culture in the world. The park sits on a beautiful tree-covered 23-acre site on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion in the heart of Lafayette, providing a place for music, food expression, cultural exchange, historic architecture and much more.

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The location of Vermilionville adjacent to the Bayou Vermilion lost some importance as the railroad provided a better means of transporting people and goods to and from other places. Later the paving of highways leading to Lafayette in 1936 further reduced any commercial dependance on the Bayou Vermilion.

Quality of Bayou Vermilion

Improving the recreation quality of the Bayou Vermilion is an important mission for the Bayou Operations Team. Capturing and removing stormwater trash and other debris from the water and banks of the Bayou Vermilion dramatically improves the Bayou’s water quality. Working closely with Lafayette Consolidated Government, Bayou Operations maintains several public boat launches and parks along the Bayou Vermilion.

The Bayou Vermilion District maintains and enhances life along the Bayou Vermilion for all residents of Lafayette Parish and Acadiana, and provides the best in bayou recreation and cultural history to our citizens and for visitors who regularly travel here from all over the world.

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Ways to Go Green and Save Green

Ways to Go Green and Save Green

The earth has given us so many things for years, and all we can do is continue to exploit it for our own selfish needs. If we continue like this, we will have no future, and many people realized this and started to bring about awareness. We slowly began to hear terms like sustainability, ecological balance, depletion, recycling etc. and started to wonder what those terms really meant. Even though people hear these terms, they are not bothered about it as they think how the melting of snow caps somewhere far away would affect you? People believe that to save the world they need to do something big, but everyone can do something small in their homes, and it will make a significant impact on the environment.

The following are some of the ways of going green which every individual can do:

Save energy at home:

One of the first things you can do to go green is to change the incandescent light bulbs in your home as these lights consume more power. You can replace them with compact fluorescent light bulbs which consume lesser energy, and it also has a longer lifetime. Encourage the people at your home to switch off appliances which are not in use.

Save water:

You can do small things like installing sink aerators which will reduce the amount of water which comes out of the tap. Instead of taking showers every day try to have a bucket bath once or twice a week to save water. Get a low-flow showerhead fixed so that the amount of water that falls is reduced. If you have a garden try to use the method of drip irrigation as it is one of the best ways to water plants and you will also save a lot of water.

Use less fuel and gas:

Do not take your vehicle for everything. Consider walking for short distances as it is good for your health and you will end up saving a lot of fuel. Try to use the public transport as much as possible and also considering sharing your ride with others.

Do not waste food:

There are lots of people out there who do not know where their next meal will come from. If you are blessed with three meals a day, try not to waste it and if you think you cannot eat a lot, then reduce the amount you take in your plate.

Avoid using plastic:

Plastic materials might be available very cheap, but you should know that it takes years to degrade and it can pollute the environment. Try to use an alternative material. You can carry a cloth bag or a recycled paper bag instead of using plastic. Plastics get clogged in the water bodies, and this can affect the lives of many sea creatures.

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Best Places to Visit in Lafayette

Best Places to Visit in Lafayette

Lafayette is a small city located in the southwest of Indianapolis and the city brims with adventures. The Cajun village has many things in store for you and your family. You can explore the Acadian Village, visit the art museum, take a tour of the Avery Island and do many more exciting things. The following are some of the best places to visit in Lafayette:

Acadian Village:

The Acadian is a private park in the city, and it was established in the 1970s. The village aims to preserve the Acadian history and culture, and you must not miss visiting this park. The town has about seven buildings which were built in the 19th century, and it has been passed on to the generations. You will be able to see the authentic constructions and the techniques used to build the buildings during the 19th century. You will be able to see high peaked roofs, mud walls, cypress wood and wooden pegs that were used for construction. Many tours are available, and you can also rent this place for private functions or even weddings.

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum:

The art museum is one of the top tourist attractions in the city, and it was established in the year 1964. The museum was named after the people who donated money for the construction of the museum. You will be able to see more than 4000 art pieces which are from the 18th century to 21st century. There are artworks from other continents like Asia and Europe.

Children’s Museum:

The children’s Museum at Lafayette gives your children a hands-on experience on various things, and they get practical knowledge in many subjects such as health, money, food etc. The museum was founded in the year 1990, and it offers several classes and workshops for kids. The museum is a great place to take your kids, and they also have special events like garage sales, art stomps, Halloween parties and many more.

Avery Island:

The island is famous for McIlhenny Tabasco. You can take a tour of the factory and also taste the Cajun food from the native restaurants. It is a romantic place, and it is an excellent place for weddings and honeymoons.

Cajun Food tour:

Caujan Food Tour Company takes you on a tour and brief you about the culture and history of the native people. You will be divided into groups of 14, and you will be taken around the village to taste Caujan dishes.

Acadian Cultural Centre:

The city Lafayette has a rich Caujan culture, and if you happen to visit this city, you make an effort to learn about their culture and lifestyle. The Acadian Cultural Centre is one of the perfect places for that, and you will get to know how the Caujans settled in this locality. There are many ranger programs, films, guided tours for tourists and many special events are also conducted.

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300 Fisher Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
Tel: 337-233-4077
CEO: David Cheramie, Ph.D.
Secretary: Kim Fournet

Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park

300 Fisher Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
Tel: 337-233-4077
Coordinator: Rachelle Dugas

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