Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas is a historic rural museum located in the city’s historic gateway corridor. The village offers visitors a glimpse of early rural life in St. Landry Parish.
French for “the old village,” Le Vieux Village is a collection of restored historic structures from Opelousas and from the surrounding areas. The village depicts the unique and diverse historical and cultural heritage that is Opelousas. Although the village showcases structures from the mid-1700s to the mid-1900s, Opelousas was interwoven into the development of Louisiana at a much earlier date; Opelousas was founded in 1720, making it the third oldest city in Louisiana.
Among the many historic buildings, the village includes one of the oldest Creole homes west of the Mississippi River - the Venus House, which is on Louisiana's African American Heritage Trail - a 19th century doctor’s office and country store, and a schoolhouse from 1911. Inside the Opelousas Tourist Information Center, housed in an 1890s Victorian cottage, you will find the Jim Bowie Display, which contains old photos, knives, guns and other memorabilia about the legendary adventurer who once lived in Opelousas. The village is also home to the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum.
Village tours are provided free of charge Tuesday – Friday at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., and by appointment. Large tour groups and school groups are encouraged to call ahead.
Take a step back in time at Le Vieux Village and relive our unique history!