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“Lovely old house”
5 of 5 bubbles 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)
Weymouth, England, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Lovely old house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

The last of our antebellum house visits on our USA trip this year, and this was a good one. We were escorted round by a descendant of the original freed slave that started this plantation so she was very knowledgeable on the history of the house and estate. Lovely grounds with lots of other small buildings including the first house before the big house was built. A few miles outside Natchitoches but lots to see and photograph along the road. Well worth a visit to this house.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank TonyMar45
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Mena, Arkansas
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125 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fantastic Plantation Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Three of us visited the plantation for the last tour of the day. We arrived on gasoline FUMES looking for a service station. The ladies in the gift shop offered to make sure we got gasoline when we left. In the mean time we were lead on a fantastic tour by a very knowledgeable relative of the plantation owners. She did a great job of showing us around and answering all of our questions. She made us feel like we were the most important guests shed ever had! We enjoyed the history and perspective she shared!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Alracj
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Los Angeles, California
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109 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Not a Classic Big Plantation, But Gorgeous and Historic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

A wonderful tour of such a beautiful house and grounds full of so much history.

Now a few warnings:
1) For people who don't know the area very well, Northern Louisiana does not really have any of the huge plantations that are typically thought of when the word plantation is used. The giant houses with the acres and acres of grounds are not up north. The plantations in this area are all smaller, still beautiful houses, but don't expect the stereotypical plantation image when coming here.
2) You cannot just roam around on your own like you can with many other museums and historical sites. You must either pay for a self-guided tour, which gives you limited access, or a guided-tour which will take you into every building and all across the grounds. The tours are quite affordable, $10 general, $5 student/child/senior, and I would recommend a guided-tour.
3) Most of the history of this house is not from the Civil-Wat era, but later. The turn of the century is the most important time for the house, and most of it's history is how it survived after the war.

With that said, this is a lovely site. We had been driving around the area and before we knew we were here we both paused to say how lovely the house was. We were so pleased to see the sign and know that's where we were touring. There are four main structures, the big house, the yucca house, the African house, and a second ouse similar to the yucca, plus a few smaller buildings of various uses. There are two ancient oaks of 150 and 250 years of age that are simply gorgeous. The big house is completely furnished and the inside is quite pretty.
Yes, much of the house has been refurbished, but not by those running the house as a museum now, but by the owners living in it at the time, who wanted more rooms or a nicer space for their guests. I found it interesting to see the changes in the house because you could see the different eras.
Our tour guide was quite energetic and despite it being in the high 90s outside and us walking all over the grounds he kept up his enthusiasm. He knew everyone that had lived their, and the histories of their past, and how the plantation grew into each of its purposes. His knowledge impressed us, and it wasn't just a memorized speech, he could answer all of our questions. I also liked that the plantation was not crowded, on our tour it was just us, and we only saw a few other people when we walked around after. It made us feel not rushed and we didn't have to fight for tour guide attention.

If in Northern Louisiana, definitely plan on making a visit to a plantation, as they hold so much history of Louisiana and the nation, and Melrose Plantation is definitely a nice one to choose. It's beautiful, both inside and out, and was informative, not crowded and very interesting.

Visited August 2013
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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3 attraction reviews
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“Lacked authenticity”
3 of 5 bubbles 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
1 Thank Cali C
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Pineville, Louisiana
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Debbie V
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