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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 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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This was great. Toured some historical homes the steel magnolia home named for the movie. You need to go early in morning time to hey good parking and stake your claim on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

This was great. Toured some historical homes the steel magnolia home named for the movie. You need to go early in morning time to hey good parking and stake your claim on the cane river bank for the fireworks. Plan ahead months to stay in Natchitoches due to everything booked already a month in advance. We stayed in Many, La.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

The National Park Service is doing an excellent job with this National Historic Park which includes Oakland and Magnolia Plantations. Admission is FREE. They have a rather innovative self-guided tour using your cell phone I haven't seen before. You dial a number and proceed with self explanatory stops around the site. Unfortunately the main house was closed due to renovations.... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This review is for the Oakland Plantation. It's just down the road from Natchitoches, and the grounds are gorgeous. Just one family owned the plantation from the 1600s to the 1980s or so, so all of the buildings are full of stories. And not just the plantation owners, but also the slaves and later share-croppers that made the place work.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We toured the Melrose Plantation. Enjoyed it very much. The tour guide was very good. Amazing murals painted by the folk artist who lived there, Clementine Hunter. The drive up the river was very enjoyable, also.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The drive long the Cane River is a great way to take a leisurely drive on the way to Natchitoches. This area contains some of the earliest history of the Louisiana Purchase. There are areas that were settled in the 1700's by several European cultures. Wheter you are from Louisiana or just driving through our state and interested in history,... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

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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Cheltenham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

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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Monticello
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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.

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

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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Tyler
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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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