Housed in a former Union Pacific Train Depot, this museum honors the inspiring story of abandoned and homeless children who were recused from the streets of New York and sent to Louisiana between the years 1873 and 1929. The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum is the only one of its kind in Louisiana and second in the nation to the Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, KS.
Also featured in the museum is a 7' x 12' mural painted by renowned South Louisiana artist Robert Dafford. The mural depicts the arrival of the orphans from The New York Foundling Hospital to Opelousas, Louisiana. It reflects the presence of Father John Engberink, Pastor of the St. Landry Catholic Church. Father Engberink was the priest responsible for bringing the orphans to St. Landry Parish.
The museum is located on the grounds of Le Vieux Village.