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St. Martinville, Louisiana Historical Markers

 
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March 16, 2018
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Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Alligators!Beware: Wild and Dangerous
Alligators have been around since the age of the dinosaurs. Found only in the southeastern United States, American alligators inhabit freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes, swamps, and bayous. Oftentimes you may only see their eyes, heads or . . . — Map (db m115603)
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Attakapa Indian
Roving savage tribe who settled here prior to the French, partly Christianized and civilized by missionaries. Dedicated November 5, 1961. — Map (db m66369) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Bayou TecheMagnolia Park — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
Numerous towns, villages and cities border Bayou Teche and serve as reminders of the waterway's importance as an early transportation corridor.

Central to the ecology, economy and spirit of Louisiana is the network of waterways—rivers, . . . — Map (db m115683) HM

Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Deportation CrossLe Croix de la Déportation
The original Deportation Cross, near Grand-Pré National Historic Site in Nova Scotia is located in the vicinity of the embarkation of the victims of the Acadian Diaspora of 1755. Dedicated on July 24, 1924.

La Croix originelle de la . . . — Map (db m85293) HM

Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Evangeline Monument
Evangeline, the prototype of the Acadian maiden, was immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his epic poem of the same name. The monument was donated by Delores del Rio after she starred in the motion picture production of Evangeline which was . . . — Map (db m94314) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Evangeline Oak
Longfellow's poem "Evangeline" immortalized the tragedy of the Acadian exile from Nova Scotia in 1755. This oak marks the legendary meeting place of Emmeline Labiche and Louis Arceneaux, the counterparts of Evangeline and Gabriel. . . . — Map (db m66354) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow(1807 - 1882) — "Poet of the People" —
He was a man of great social consciousness. In works like Evangeline and Hiawatha and his collection of anti-slavery poems Longfellow helped to preserve cultural memory. From remarks by Dr. Layne Longfellow at the unveiling in . . . — Map (db m66363) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Judge Émile Édouard (Edward) Simon1824-1914
A native of St. Martinville, Simon studied law at Harvard under Joseph Story and Simon Greenleaf, earning his degree in 1846. As 14th Judicial District Judge from 1853 to 1865, Simon was to become the second of four generations of judges. While . . . — Map (db m66359) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Lake Fausse PointeLake Fausse Pointe State Park — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
Once connected to the Atchafalaya River, Lake Fausse Pointe was cut off from the river's flow and sediment deposits once the Atchafalaya Basin levees were completed in the 1930s. The lake's shape has remained the same ever since.

Though . . . — Map (db m115555) HM

Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Lake MartinCypress Island Preserve — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
In the early 1950s, a five mile levee was built around a naturally occurring open body of water within a cypress-tupelo swamp to hold water throughout the year. This created Lake Martin as it is known today.

Located in the heart of Acadian . . . — Map (db m114538) HM

Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Maison Olivier
Raised Creole cottage constructed circa 1815 using boussillage, pegged cypress beams and bricks hand made by slaved using clay from Bayou Teche. — Map (db m115679) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Notre Dame De Perpetuel Secours Church(Established in 1938)
This parish was one of the sites proposed by Bishop Jules B. Jeanmard, Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, to afford a place of work for African-American priests ordained in the United States in 1934. Rev. Maurice Rousseve, SVD and his . . . — Map (db m125811) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — On This Site Lie Buried Officers of The Attakapas Militia
On this site lie buried officers of The Attakapas Militia serving under General Bernardo Galvez In the march to and capture of Baton Rouge and Manchac September 1779. Commandant Alexandre-Chevalier de Clouet Major Louis Du Crest Corporal Jean . . . — Map (db m104468) HM WM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Spanish LakeOld Spanish Trail
Spanish Lake is an example of a bluff lake, which forms in areas between the bayou bank and the higher bank that runs along the edge of a river's drainage area.

Spanish Lake, formerly called Lake Flamand and later Lake Tasse (meaning . . . — Map (db m115825) HM

Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — St. Martin Catholic Church
One of the oldest in the state. Established in 1765 by Rev. Jean Francois, Capuchin priest and missionary. It is just the same as when it was built having been repaired but not changed. — Map (db m71584) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — St. Martinville
Side A (English) City developed c.1795 ~ c.1890 through unusual semi-feudal arrangement where town property holders paid an "annual and perpetual" rent to the congregation of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Side B (French) . . . — Map (db m66367) HM

Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), St. Martinville — The Old Castillo Hotel
This building erected 1835-40. As an inn it welcomed travelers and was a center for the town's social activities. Since its purchase in 1899 by the Sisters of Mercy, it has been used as a private school. It was placed on the National Register of . . . — Map (db m85292) HM

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