After breakfast we drove to St. Martinville to visit the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, established in 1974 as the first state park in Louisiana. It interprets the history of the French-speaking cultures along Bayou Teche by comparing life on an 1800s French-Creole plantation to a typical Acadian farmstead. First we saw a film on the 1755 expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia and their arrival in Louisiana. Then we had a tour of the Maison Olivier (Olivier House). The docent was very knowledgeable and she welcomed all our questions. The site was first used as a vacherie (cattle ranch) and later as an indigo plantation. Charles Olivier inherited the property in the early 1800s and developed it as a sugar plantation. A trail leads from the Maison to the blacksmith shop and across the bayou to the Acadian farmstead, where there was another very capable docent. (www.lastateparks.com) From here, half of our group returned to the RV park.