The general store is a replica built on site in 1976. It is constructed of old red cypress and Louisiana long leaf pine and is an example of briquette entre poteaux (bricks between posts). The exposed wiring in the store is typical of wiring when electricity first came to Acadiana. Between the years 1860 and 1900 the old country store was the main gathering place in most small communities.
When you enter through the main gate, all visitors are directed to the General Store to pay admission and to receive a map which describes each home and building on the tour.
Visitors are encouraged to walk around the store and browse among the variety of Louisiana souvenirs. Take home authentic Cajun cookbooks, T-shirts, Mardi Gras beads, or Cajun & Zydeco CDs.