I had plans to spend around 24 hours in Lafayette on our trip. We wanted to tour Lake Martin and then fill our time in around our swamp tour. I gave the family the option to tour the Alexadre House, Vermilionville or the science museum. They said they were house toured out and not up for thinking. (Her words.) So we set off for Vermilionville.
Vermilionville is right near the Lafayette airport and situated along the river. The small village shows the life of Creole and Acadian historic life. They moved several original homes to this location and show life from the late 1700’s to 1890s.
Admission is ten dollar for adults and six for students aged 5-18. Kids under 5 are free. With the AAA discount the admissions were all reduced by one dollar.
We spent a couple of hours exploring the historic homes. We played some children in a game and I was excited to best Daughter for once.
And they had other out buildings like a barn and a church.
The one room school house.
And a working blacksmith shop.
There was a diner onsite that smelled really amazing for lunch. They offer daily specials like Sausage Creole and stuffed catfish.
You can purchase animal feed in the store with your admission for fifty cents.
And there is the opportunity to take the rope ferry across. Or if you prefer there is a sidewalk path around also. We found a little gator swimming in here.
We visited on a Wednesday morning. On the weekends they offer live music and demonstrations by artisans. The park staff are dressed in period costumes and many of the homes had Christmas decorations on our visit.
Vermilionville is open from 10 – 4 daily with the last admission at 3pm. More information can be found here: http://www.vermilionville.org/vermilionville/index.html