Opelousas Museum


Prehistory: The first humans to arrive in the region now called Opelousas were the Paleo-Indians. These people lived in the area from 10,500 B.C. to 5,000 B.C. and were followed by Meso or Archaic Indians (5,000 B.C. to 2,000 B.C.) and Neo-Indians (2,000 B.C. to A.D. 1,600). Archaeologists have identified 110 sites in the area where these prehistoric people lived. Europeans arriving in the late 1600s, were met by a group of people called the Opelousas, a band of the Historic Attakapas Tribe of Louisiana. Agriculture: The importance of agriculture to the community of Opelousas can never be overstated. Since the days when prehistoric peoples roamed this region of Louisiana, the fertile soil of the Opelousas area has provided food and clothing and has been a major contributor to the local economy. People of Opelousas: Opelousas is a Cultural Gumbo. The town is a "community" because of the contributions made by people of many different religions and ethnic backgrounds. Descendants of these many groups can be seen throughout the city today. Home and Family: Home and family is the center of life in the Opelousas community. Area citizens work hard, play hard, prac­tice their religious beliefs and enjoy life with their family and friends.

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What makes this business unique? Opelousas History



315 N. Main Street
Opelousas, Louisiana 70570
United States

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Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Group tours by appointment

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