Located within the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park in Lafayette, the Acadian Cultural Center tells the complex tale of the origins, forced migration, settlement and evolving cultural traits of the Acadians or Cajun people. The cultural center tells this story through the use of ranger-led talks, films, historical artifacts, interpretive displays, tours and special events. It delves into the Acadian’s music, oral history, dance, food, farming and building techniques, clothing, craft making and language. Admission to the center is free.
starts its Acadian story where most stories do, at the beginning. In this instance the beginning takes us far
from Louisiana to Nova Scotia, Canada as the French and Indian War was
concluding in the mid-18th century (1755-1764). The British did not trust and had no need for
the French Acadians located there. Thus,
they forcibly removed them from their homes and transported them to Louisiana,
which the French had ceded to the Spanish as a result of their defeat by the British. The center then follows the Acadian’s struggles
as they adapted to their new lives in a wholly new environment.
the National Park Service, the center offers ranger-led discussions every day
at 2:45 except Sundays, when the center is closed. It also shows a 35-minute documentary film
entitled The Cajun Way: Echoes of Acadia every hour on the hour beginning at
9:00 AM. During the spring and autumn months
the center also makes available, for a small fee, a tour of the Bayou
Vermillion aboard the good ship Cocodrie.
has a museum store that sells local crafts, music and books (to include
cookbooks). It also welcomes educational
field trips and scout groups and offers a junior ranger program for its younger
visitors. Finally, there are two other
Acadian Cultural Centers in Louisiana located at Eunice and Thibodaux.