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“Lacked authenticity”
Review of Melrose Plantation

Melrose Plantation
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Melrose
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Owner description: Melrose Plantation is an Antebellum historic house museum located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. We invite you to discover the two-hundred year history of the beautiful Melrose Plantation. The birth of a slave, Marie Therese Coincoin, and her ten Franco-African children with Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer became the legacy of the Isle Brevelle Creole Community. Descendants of the Metoyer family live along Cane River today, a people proud of their heritage and culture. Come realize the impact of the American Civil War and reconstruction on Cane River and the survival of a southern plantation along with the establishment of the Melrose freedman school by Fanny Hertzog. Explore the wonders of the early 20th Century Melrose artists' retreat founded by Carmelite Garrett Henry and follow the discovery of Clementine Hunter, one-time Melrose cook, as she emerged to become Louisiana's most celebrated primitive artist. (Click here for an update on the Clementine Hunter African House murals.) A National Historic Landmark, Melrose Plantation contains nine historic buildings including the African House, Yucca House, Weaving Cabin, Bindery and the Big House. A collection of work by world famous African American folk artist Clementine Hunter is available for viewing, including her popular African House Murals. Melrose Plantation is a Historic Site of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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“Lacked authenticity”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We took the house tour and it seemed every other word was about an addition to the house or a replacement of some historical structure. It left me feeling quite disappointed with the lack of authenticity. The tour guide was very boring and failed to make me care about ANY of what she was saying. I went in wanting to know more about Clementine Hunter but after the boring monotone delivery I just couldn't wait for the tour to be over. The tour is too bogged down with dates, unknown and uninteresting people yet the plantation is full of fantastic history (if you read online) just don't expect to hear much about it on the tour.

The grounds are lovely and I wished I'd just paid to tour the grounds instead. Overall I wouldn't return or recommend this place. Down the street is St. Augustine church which is draped in history, beautiful and a great spot for pictures.

P.S. A lady was in a wheelchair and unable to see much of the tour b/c it's not wheelchair accessible.

Visited June 2013
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Pineville, Louisiana
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

I love history and grew up in the 60's listening to my great grandmother and grandmother telling stories about the "New South" which was a totally different place than today.

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Longview, Texas
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379 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Don't just drive by!”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

This is Louisiana history at it's best. It is hard to believe that this house has survived the centuries in this condition.
Please take the paid tour. The docents are very well versed in the history of the house as well as the art that resides here too.

Visited May 2013
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Oklahoma
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Rich history and beautiful grounds”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

This plantation is a must see if you love history. Our tour guide was great. He gave us the entire history of the plantation and it was so interesting. I took my 15 year old and she even enjoyed it! Clemeninte Hunter's murals and paintings are on display here and they are just so unique. The grounds and house are absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend! Tip: you can go on your own or take the guided tour. Defintely take the guided tour. Then you can look around the grounds after the tour on your own.

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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310 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“A beautiful place”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is my second visit to Melrose. I went seventeen years ago and was delighted to see the Clementine Hunter paintings. The murals are so very special, moving and gorgeous. I had to see the again! The entire visit was again a delight. The tour guide was very informed. The gift shop is wonderful, too. If you see nothing else, see the Hunter works. They tell us so much about this remarkable place and Miss Hunter's life during a very difficult time in American history.

Visited April 2013
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