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By Shane Cormier, October 27, 2011
St. Cecilia School Marker
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Broussard — St. Cecilia School
On West Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
Dedicated August 25, 1909, by Fr. Arthur Drossaerts, Pastor of Sacred Heart church in Broussard, and opened on September 15, 1909 with an enrollment of seventy students. Accredited as an elementary and secondary school by the State Department of . . . — Map (db m49294) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Acadian HouseMaison Acadienne
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Highway 728-8).
ACADIAN HOUSE: A Small Cajun Plantation Building This small Cajun structure dates from the 1830s, and originated on the Mouton Plantation near Carencro, north of Lafayette. The plantation was owned by Francois and Antoine . . . — Map (db m135319) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Attakapas ChapelChapelle des Attakapas
Near Fisher Road.
Attkapas Chapel: The Church in a Catholic Region This chapel is a reproduction based on St. Francis Catholic Church in Point Coupee (1760) and St Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville (1773). Both churches had a double pitch . . . — Map (db m130028) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Bayou Vermilion
On West Pinhook Road at La Rue France, on the right when traveling north on West Pinhook Road.
Battle of Pinhook Bridge April 17, 1863. Battle of Bayou Vermilion October 9, 1863. We honor the memory of those soldiers who valiantly fought on these banks. — Map (db m49059) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Bayou Vermilion District
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (Highway 728-8).
THE BAYOU VERMILION DISTRICT The historic village at Vermilionville is administered by the Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District (LPBVD). The Louisiana state legislature created the district in 1984 in an effort to improve the quality of . . . — Map (db m136617) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Beau Bassin House
Near Fisher Road.
La Maison Beau Bassin BEAU BASSIN HOUSE: Honoring a Lost Home in Acadian Canada The Beau Bassin House was originally built in the 1840s by Louis Arceneaux, a Cajun rancher who lived between Carencro and Lafayette. The . . . — Map (db m131270) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Beaver Park
On Fisher Road west of Surrey Street (Highway 728-8), on the right when traveling east.
Beaver Park was developed by the Beaver Club on land leased by the Playground and Park Commission in April 1959.

The Beaver Club is an organization of business and professional men dedicated to the ideals of public service.

In addition to . . . — Map (db m137224) HM

Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Boucvalt HouseMaison Boucvalt
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Highway 728-8).
MAISON BOUCVALT: An Urban Dwelling from the late 1800s This house was was built in the late 1800s as an located originally in downtown Opelousas, and urban dwelling. Named after the last owner of the house Dr. Roy . . . — Map (db m135042) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Broussard HouseMaison Broussard
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8).
BROUSSARD HOUSE: A Large Acadian Plantation Home La Maison Broussard dates to 1790, and is the oldest building in Vermilionville. It was the home of Armand Broussard, who immigrated to Louisiana as a child from Acadian Canada. . . . — Map (db m136621) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Buller HouseMaison Buller
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8).
Buller House: A Creole Style House This Creole style house was built in 1807 on land acquired by Joseph Buller near Prairie Ronde in St. Landry Parish. It contains several characteristics of the Creole architectural . . . — Map (db m136627) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Cathedral-Carmel School
On St. John Street, on the right when traveling south.
Established in 1846. A combination of Mount Carmel Academy and Cathedral School. Operated by The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Parish in the Diocese of Lafayette. Affiliated with the Sisters of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the De La Salle . . . — Map (db m49062) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Coussan HouseLa Maison Coussan
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 428-8).
HOUSE OF CULTURES: Reflecting the Crossroads of Cultures The history of this house reflects the diverse groups of people that inhabit the region. The Coussan family of French immigrants built this house around 1850 in the Pont . . . — Map (db m134977) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Dr. Edwin L. StephensUniversity President 1900 - 1938
On Johnston Street (U.S. 167) at East University Avenue (Business U.S. 90), on the left when traveling south on Johnston Street.
Following its establishment in 1898, Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens became the University's first president in 1900 at the age of 27. He transformed an empty sugar cane field into a respected institution of higher learning. On January 1, 1901, he planted . . . — Map (db m111638) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Emmanuel Baptist Church
On Marie Antoinette Street west of Johnston Street (U.S. 167), on the left when traveling west.
In April 1955, Emmanuel Baptist Church held its first meetings, thus becoming the earliest Southern Baptist Church to minister to Lafayette's southside neighborhoods. — Map (db m114490) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — François CouleeAcadiana Park Nature Station — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
Near East Alexander Street.
This otherwise flat region, sloping, hill-like formations are visible and represent the Mississippi River escarpment (bluff-like shelf) that divides this area into floodplain and prairie. The Vermilion River flows at the base of this . . . — Map (db m114785) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — General Alfred Mouton
On University Avenue near Azalea Street, on the right when traveling south.
1829-1864. Confederate brigadier general from Lafayette who served in Shiloh, Lafourche, Teche, and Red River campaigns. Killed at Mansfield, leading Confederacy to its most important military victory west of the Mississippi. — Map (db m49063) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette1757 - 1834
On St Landry Street at West University Avenue (Business U.S. 90), on the right when traveling west on St Landry Street.
Sculpture by Charles Correia. Cast by Shidoni Foundry. Erected by the Lafayette Centennial Commission on July 2, 1987 as a gift to the people of Lafayette, Louisiana following the celebration of the centennial of the city's name change in 1884 from . . . — Map (db m68722) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Gordon Square
On Jefferson Street at East Vermilion Street, on the left when traveling south on Jefferson Street.
On this site in the year of 1904 the first hotel was opened in Lafayette as the Gordon Hotel. It was housed in this building and operated as a hotel through the 1950's. This building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. . . . — Map (db m91821) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Historic Village MapFun Facts (Faits amusants)
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8).
From where did the word "Cajun" come? The refugees from Acadian Canada, called themselves Acadians. Over time, the word transformed into more vernacular pronunciation Cajun Can you be Cajun if your family was NOT from . . . — Map (db m135003) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Holy Rosary Institute1913-1993
On Carmel Drive (State Road 94) 0.3 miles east of Louisiana Avenue, on the left when traveling east.
On July 9, 1913, Father Keller purchased farm land once owned by the sister of the King of France, from Louis Domengeaux to establish Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Institute opened September 1913 as an industrial . . . — Map (db m120896) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — James Domengeaux1906-1988
Near Girard Park Circle at Girard Park Drive.
Lawyer, Louisiana Legislator U.S. Congressman, Founder-President of CODOFIL Legion d'honneur française, Ordre de la couronne belge Preserve the language, and you preserve the culture. This tree from the Durance Valley of the . . . — Map (db m109227) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Jean Jacques Alfred Mouton Monument
On Jefferson Street at Lee Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Jefferson Street.
Jean Jacques Alfred Mouton Born in Opelousas La. February 18, 1829 Killed at the Battle of Mansfield La. April 8, 1864 when 35 years of age. — Map (db m125494) HM WM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — La Place des CréolesLifting Up The Créole Community
On Cameron Drive (US 90) near Lafayette Street, on the right when traveling east.
Founded March 18, 1991, to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Créoles (African-Americans) of the area. — Map (db m49064) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Lafayette Museum / Le Musee de Lafayette
On Lafayette Street south of West Convent Street, on the right when traveling south.
Established 1954 by Les Vingt-Quatre Home of Louisiana's first Democratic Governor Alexandre Mouton (1804-1882) Built prior to 1836

fondé en 1854 par Les Vingt-Quatre Résidence du Premier Gouverneur Démocrate de . . . — Map (db m85870) HM

Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Le Petit Bayou: FerryLe Petit Bayou: Le Traversier
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8).
GUIDE ROPE FERRY: Simple Technology for Traversing Bayous South Louisiana features numerous rivers and bayous that flow from north to south, making east-west travel difficult in the pre-modern age. Ferries were essential for . . . — Map (db m134963) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Mouton HouseMaison Mouton
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8), on the right when traveling west.
Mouton House: The House of a Middle Class Acadian Family The Maison Mouton is a reconstruction of a standard sized dwelling with a detached kitchen, representing a home of a middle class family. Some Cajun families built up . . . — Map (db m134961) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Mouton KitchenLa Cuisine de Maison Mouton
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8).
MOUTON KITCHEN: A Detached Kitchen before the Modern Age This building is a reproduction of a typical kitchen built separately from the main residence to reduce heat and the threat of fire. Pre-modern kitchens in rural . . . — Map (db m135077) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Oaks of Ile Copal
Near East Pinhook Road at SW Evangeline Thruway (U.S. 90).
These centurion live oak trees shaded Ile Copal, the plantation home of Alexandre Mouton. Mouton was governor of Louisiana from 1843-46 and son of the founder of Vermilionville. Here marks the beginning of a shady lane of oaks planted by Emma . . . — Map (db m125837) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Pierre Dugat Home Site
On Acadiana Park near East Alexander Street, on the right when traveling north.
In 1776 Pierre Dugat received a Spanish land grant for this site, which became his plantation. Indian artifacts found on this site date from 3000 B.C. to about the eighteenth century. — Map (db m114601) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Pillars of ProgressDesegregation of SLI
On Rex Street near E.St. Mary Blvd..
On September 15, 1953, Clara Dell Constantine, Martha Jane Conway, Charles Vincent Singleton, and Shirley Taylor attempted to enroll at Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. They were denied, due to . . . — Map (db m66243) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — School HouseL'école
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8).
School House: Banning of the French Language L'école is a reproduction of a typical schoolhouse of the late 1800s. In southwest Louisiana, French was the dominant language until the mid-1900s. Native Americans along with . . . — Map (db m135004) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — St. John Cathedral Oak
Near St John Street north of West Main Street, on the left when traveling north.
The tree, one of the largest live oak trees in the United States, is estimated to be almost 500 years old. It was a large tree in 1800 when the property was donated to the Catholic Church. The age of the tree is based on the average sizes of known . . . — Map (db m86194) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist
On St. John Street, on the left when traveling north.
First church in Lafayette Parish was "l'Eglise St. Jean du Vermilion." Built on a gift of this site by Jean Mouton, 1821. In 1824 he donated land for a court house and founded Vermilionville (Lafayette). (Reverse) French: La Cathedrale . . . — Map (db m49293) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — The ForgeLa Forge
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8).
The Forge: A Utilitarian Space for Hot Dirty Work This recreated building represents a blacksmith shop, which was essential to a working farm, vacherie (ranch), or plantation in rural southwestern Louisiana. The . . . — Map (db m136628) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — The PresbyteryLe Presbytére
Near Fisher Road south of Surrey Street (State Road 728-8), on the right when traveling north.
THE PRESBYTERY: A Simple Residence from the early 1800s This small home represents the simple but functional structures in which priests could have lived in the early 1800s. The building was originally located property . . . — Map (db m135886) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Trappers Cabin & Boat ShedLa cabanage de piégeur & l'hangar à bateau
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Steet (State Highway 728-8).
TRAPPER'S CABIN: Harvesting the Natural Bounty of the Wetlands This replica of a structure is based on an outbuilding used for storage from the 1700s, and illustrates st a basic dwelling in which trappers and moss pickers in . . . — Map (db m134624) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Vermilion RiverRotary Point — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
On West Bayou Parkway at Bridgewater Road on West Bayou Parkway.
The Vermilion is a tidal river formed from the bottom up by Vermilion Bay tides and other natural actions that slowly eroded inland from the marshes and cheniers and through the Louisiana prairie.

The Vermilion River, also known as Bayou . . . — Map (db m114505) HM

Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Vermilion RiverVermilionville Watershed Exhibit — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
On Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Highway 728-B), on the right when traveling north.
During early settlement and into the Antebellum Period, the Vermilion was an important secondary waterway for steamboats carrying agricultural products to New Orleans, the east coast and, eventually the world.

The Vermilion River, also known . . . — Map (db m114649) HM

Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Vermilionville Historical Timelinepre-1699 - 1800
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8).
pre-1699 pre-1699: Ancestors of the Ishak (Atakapa) and Chitimacha people hunt bison, deer, bear and small game; harvest fish and shellfish. The Chitimacha's territory encompasses the entire Atchafalaya Basin, lands west . . . — Map (db m136633) HM
Louisiana (Lafayette Parish), Lafayette — Vermilionville Historical Timeline1775-1920
Near Fisher Road near Surrey Street (State Road 728-8).
1775-1783 1775-1783: United States War of Independence. In support of the U.S., in 1779 the Spanish military captures British-held Baton Rouge, with the use of Native American, French, Spanish, and free persons of color . . . — Map (db m136634) HM

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