Louisiana Travel | The Old Village in Opelousas BY: Susan Arcement

The Old Village in Opelousas

The Orphan Train Movement was a movement made possible by two charity institutions, The Children’s Aid Society and The New York Foundling Hospital, who took more than 250,000 homeless or abandoned children living on the streets of New York City and placed them in rural homes across America. It is one of the largest social reform relocation efforts in our nation’s history.

Between the years 1873 and 1929, orphans from New York were put on trains that traveled to Louisiana. Over 2,000 children would come to Louisiana for new and better lives. An interesting bit of trivia: 1 in 25 Americans is connected to an Orphan Train Rider.

The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum has a collection of interesting documents, artifacts, and memorabilia donated to the museum by orphan train riders.

LeVieux Village

The museum is located inside LeVieux Village which is “The Old Village” of historic buildings that offer visitors a glimpse of early rural life. At the village, among the things you’ll see is one of the oldest Creole homes west of the Mississippi, a 19th century doctor’s office and country store, a schoolhouse from 1911 and the Jim Bowie Display which contains knives, guns and other memorabilia of the legendary adventurer who died at the Alamo and once lived in Opelousas.

828 East Landry Street
Opelousas, Louisiana

What Cajun Daughters Love about the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum:¬†You must be an orphan train rider or relative in order to work in the museum. It’s easy to see it’s a mission of love.