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Cane River National Heritage Area

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Address: Natchitoches, LA 71458
Phone Number: 13183565555
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Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a...

Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a largely rural, agricultural landscape known for its historic plantations, its distinctive Creole architecture, and its multi-cultural legacy. Historically this region lay at the intersection of French and Spanish realms in the New World. Today it is home to a unique blend of cultures, including American Indian, French, Spanish, African, and Creole. The central corridor of the heritage area begins just south of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, and extends along both sides of Cane River Lake for approximately 35 miles. The heritage area includes Cane River Creole National Historical Park, seven National Historic Landmarks, three State Historic Sites, and many other historic plantations, homes, and churches. What is a National Heritage Area? A National Heritage Area is a place recognized by the United States Congress for its unique contribution to the American experience. In a national heritage area, natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. These patterns make national heritage areas representative of the national experience through the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved in the areas. Continued use of the national heritage areas by people whose traditions helped to shape the landscapes enhances their significance. The Cane River National Heritage Area is one of forty-nine National Heritage Areas recognized by Congress for their significant contributions to the American experience. In partnership with the National Park Service, CRNHA, Inc. celebrates the nationally significant history of the Cane River region, preserving it for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Beautiful historic drive!

Don't miss the opportunity to see the lovely plantations along the Cane River! It's a beautiful drive from Front Street.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss the opportunity to see the lovely plantations along the Cane River! It's a beautiful drive from Front Street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All I can say that this was the most beautiful drive of our two week road trip along the river, plantations and pecan groves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This was a nice overview of plantation life in the 1800's - 1950's. The Rangers were helpful and our volunteer tour guide did a great job of making history come to life.

Thank Patricia C
Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We toured the Oakland plantation which included the main house.. The overseer house.. The slave cabins.. And plantation store... We took a tour which was lead by a NPS volunteer by the name of Thom... Thom was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and exhibited great enthusiasm. Thanks Thom! Even if you do not get this volunteer no matter take the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

My sister was visiting from PA and loves old homes. We toured both the Melrose and Oakland plantations as well as taking a self tour of the of the St Augustine church and grounds. There is a charge for the tour of Melrose. The rest of the buildings are free of charge. We also used the cell phone tour (you... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

THis is a beautiful setting, and really all out for the holidays (Easter, Halloween). Now I know why the movie was filmed here

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Buna, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We spent a whole day traveling to the plantation homes along the river. We enjoyed learning a bit of the history of this area while being together with our family.

Thank C H
Salt Lake City, Utah
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This river/lake has great potential to attract lots of travelers if it would offer some sort of activities for visitors. I couldn't find any place to rent a boat or paddle board.

1 Thank Micheal S
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Due to the historical relevance as one of the first settlements in North America, and due to its recent complete reconstruction, Fort St Jean Baptiste is worth a visit. And it is very easy to visit, being "in town". I went to several other sites including many plantations - and would recommend Oakland since it is free and relatively close... More 

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fayetteville,ar., United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The area is steeped in history of plantation life so well set. A walking path cut so we could view all the buildings at our own pace. We had opportunity to enjoy a guided tour to learn more than ever before about living on a plantation. Seeing the furnishings and actually being in the main house of a plantation was... More 

Thank Fredna H

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