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Cane River National Heritage Area

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Address: , Natchitoches, LA 71458
Phone Number: 13183565555
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Description: Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a largely...
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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Fort St Jean and Oakland Plantation worth a visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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11 reviews
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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.

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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 

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Belton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Went to Oakland Plantation, where the parks service runs. The rangers were very knowledgeable and answered all questions. If you are history buff, need to see this one. INteresting the King of France made rules of how to treat the slaves and it was followed. Seemed to be much different than what we see of the life in the Carolinas... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Right over the edge of downtown Natchitoches, LA lies Cane River Lake. This spectacular park area runs along Front Street and acts as a place for walking, sitting, and most of all, sharing memories with ones you love while viewing bands at July Fourth, Christmas Time, and many other festive occasions! Afterward, you are a step away from Front Street... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I recommend taking this drive and spending time touring the plantations. I loved the Oakland Plantation and the big beautiful Oak trees. The tour guide was informative and helpful with questions throughout the tour. Loved the preservation of all the buildings. We also toured the Melrose plantation (this one is $10 per person), well worth the small fee. Our tour... More 

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The circle drive is steeped in history.We particularly enjoyed visiting the Melrose plantation and just enjoying the countryside.Do not rush soak it in.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Wonderful view of the past and plantation life driving tour. Guided tours are very informative like walking through the past.

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Scott, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We so enjoyed visiting more than 7 beautiful homes and plantations... great way to spend a morning or afternoon

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The Historic Preservation Association in this area is very active and it shows. Natchitoches is Louisiana's oldest town. The history of the town and this area of the State is well preserved and the focus is on tourism. Whether you're a history buff, a traveler who needs a great meal and a beautiful rest stop, someone looking for the absolute... More 

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