The Vermilionville Living History Museum & Park was formed by the Bayou Vermilion District to preserve and demonsrate the cultural resources of the region. The Bayou Vermilion District strives to preserve the natural and cultural resources of Lafayette Parish and surrounding region. The park at Vermilionville is a clear example in the preservation of our cultural resources and one of the largest representations of Acadian & Creole culture in the world.
Vermilionville, a heritage and folklife museum, portrays the rich cultures of the Cajuns, Creoles and Native Americans. On the banks of the Bayou Vermilion, the historic village contains 19 structures, including seven original homes, which are filled with artifacts reflecting life in the Acadiana area between 1765 and 1890. A detailed interpretive walking brochure or personal guides escort visitors through the village. In many of the structures, costumed historical interpreters authentically demonstrate traditional crafts or musical styles with a distinctly French accent. Cooking demonstrations, a full-service restaurant and a gift shop enhance the experience. Bayou boat tours are available March through May and September through November. Vermilionville’s quaint 1800s setting provides a charming atmosphere for school tours, group tours, reunions, business luncheons, crawfish boils, barbecues, retirement parties, recognition banquets, holiday socials, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, weddings, receptions, dances, musical performances and more!
- 2,760 square feet.
- Modeled after an old-time cotton gin.
- Offers a stage with full stage lighting and sound, a wonderful old cypress dance floor and is climate controlled year round.
- Seating capacity for 150 when set with wooden tables and ladder-back chairs leaving space for a dance floor area.
- Seating capacity for 300 without a dance floor area.
- Maximum capacity of 800 large exterior doors can be opened creating a unique space for your event additional seating will require rental of tents, tables and chairs.
- Day rental – Available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (minimum of 3 hours), plus food and beverages. Wide range of choices including buffet-style meals, seafood boils, barbecue, full-bar services. (Note: These times are not available for wedding receptions.)
- Evening rental – Available from 5 p.m. (minimum of 3 hours), plus food and beverages. Wide range of choices including buffet-style meals, seafood boils, barbecue, full-bar services.
The Restaurant (La Cuisine de Maman)
- 1,357 square feet.
- Located directly off of the courtyard, the restaurant is styled as the overseer’s home on the plantation.
- Offers large windows, high ceilings and additional dining in a glass-enclosed back porch with a view of the bayou. The entire restaurant is climate controlled, has cypress wood floors, wooden tables and cow hide chairs.
- Maximum seating capacity is 75, with 45 seated in front (874 sq. ft.) and 30 seated in glass lined dining room overlooking the Bayou Vermilion (483 sq. ft.).
- Day rental – Glass-enclosed dining room only, available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with 3-hour minimum. (Note: These times are not available for wedding receptions.) Wide range of choices for food and beverage purchases including buffet-style meals and full-bar services.
- Evening rental – The entire restaurant available 5 p.m.-midnight with 3-hour minimum, plus food & beverages. Wide range of choices including buffet-style meals and full-bar services.
The Chapel (Chapelle des Attakapas)
- 1,050 square feet.
- The Chapel is a reproduction influenced by two area churches circa 1760 & 1773.
- Available for evening ceremonies such as weddings, musical performances or readings.
- Climate controlled.
- Sixteen wooden pews (eight on each side of the center aisle) provides seating for 112 guests
- Early evening rental, available for a maximum of three hours, which includes time to set up and remove decorations.
- Many special enhancements such as candle lighted walkways, horse drawn carriage and Cajun/Creole Music are available.
Other Amenities and Services
- Free parking, conveniently located, accommodates RVs and tour buses.
- Handicapped accessible (all buildings are equipped with ADA compliant wooden ramps).
- Historically costumed guides available for a fee, with advance notice.
- Sound system and sound tech available for a fee, with advance notice.
- Wireless microphone available (no charge), with advance notice.
- To enhance special events that are booked in the evening, the village and gift shop can be opened and staffed for 1.5 hours at a cost of $250.00, with advance notice.