This is a replica of a blacksmith shop, built on site with weather-beaten, aged cypress boards. The blacksmith was a very important person in a community because he was the one who made tools, horseshoes, nails, hinges, and other iron products.
The anvil, forge and bellows are much like those used long ago. The tongs, pincers, hammers, and other items on the wall are part of the smitty's collection. Also scattered about are tools that have been the mainstay of farmers throughout the years here in Southwest Louisiana.
Acadian Village's resident blacksmith is Charles Goulas. Charles can be found in his shop during special events such as concerts, cook-offs and Noel Acadien au Village, the village's spectacular Christmas Lighting Program. During these events, Charles will demonstrate century-old techniques of blacksmithing and often sells his crafts.