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“Well Preserved History” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Cane River Creole National Historical Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Natchez
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Owner description: Attractions at this historical park include the land and buildings of the Oakland and Magnolia plantations.
Amarillo, Texas
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487 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“Well Preserved History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

This national park is well worth your visit to see, and better understand, an important piece of Creole, Louisiana, and US history. From Natchitoches, the signs are easy to follow. Take the rural road along the Cane River and soak up the history, buildings, and landscape as you go. The Oakland plantation is well preserved. Go during a tour time, so you can see inside the main house. The outbuildings include two remaining slave/tenant quarters, the overseer house, the plantation store, which remained open into the 1980's, and a number of other outbuildings including the pigeonnier. This is an important piece of French culture brought over to Louisiana. After leaving Oakland, you'll continue down the river, through Melrose, before coming to the Magnolia plantation. The main house is not open, because a member of the original family that began the plantation still lives there. However, much of the other buildings are preserved and open. They include the plantation store, the slave hospital that later became the overseer home, a pigeonnier, 8 slave cabins, and the gin building. I found it very interesting how drastically different the architecture is between each plantation. From the main house, to the overseer house, to the slave cabins, they are all very different. The park is great for families, too, because everything is free, and you can have so many great conversations with your children about our history, and how our history is still impacting our present.

Visited March 2013
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Amarillo, Texas
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487 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“Well Preserved Louisiana History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

This national park is well worth your visit to see, and better understand, an important piece of Creole, Louisiana, and US history. From Natchitoches, the signs are easy to follow. Take the rural road along the Cane River and soak up the history, buildings, and landscape as you go. The Oakland plantation is well preserved. Go during a tour time, so you can see inside the main house. The outbuildings include two remaining slave/tenant quarters, the overseer house, the plantation store, which remained open into the 1980's, and a number of other outbuildings including the pigeonnier. This is an important piece of French culture brought over to Louisiana. After leaving Oakland, you'll continue down the river, through Melrose, before coming to the Magnolia plantation. The main house is not open, because a member of the original family that began the plantation still lives there. However, much of the other buildings are preserved and open. They include the plantation store, the slave hospital that later became the overseer home, a pigeonnier, 8 slave cabins, and the gin building. I found it very interesting how drastically different the architecture is between each plantation. From the main house, to the overseer house, to the slave cabins, they are all very different. The park is great for families, too, because everything is free, and you can have so many great conversations with your children about our history, and how our history is still impacting our present.

Visited March 2013
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3 Thank TrueTexasTraveler
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new orleans, LA
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Old Louisiana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

This driving tour takes in several sites, the chief of which are two plantations Oakland and the grounds of Magnolia. Don't let the fact that the Magnolia home itself isn't open to the public. The grounds have several interesting outbuildings; try to go when a tour is being offered--the guide we had was excellent--interesting, knowledgeble, and willing to take time to answer questions. There is a self-guided tour available, but it's worth the trouble to schedule for a time when there is a guide available. Oakland was also interesting. There the main focus is the house. Again self guided tours are available but the guide was very good and worth waiting for. There was also a brochure here for a cell phone tour, but when we tried it for an outbuilding, it did not work. The problem with both sites is that it is very difficult to discover the times of the tours. Several websites & brochures had conflicting info. The best day seems to be a Sunday. Call before you go (but phone isn't answered on Sunday). A bonus--everything is free!

Visited March 2013
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Bossier City
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Cane River History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Beautiful. Knowledgeable staff. The grounds and buildings are a great way to take a stroll back through time.

Visited December 2012
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Webb City, Missouri
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156 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Great Free Fun AND a History Lesson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is also called Oakland Plantation. We spent approx 2 hours at this great place. There was one volunteer and one park Ranger at this place available to hand out maps, answer questions and give tours of the main house. Everything, including the house tour is free. The tours only happen at certain times of the day so be sure to know before you go. We went to a 1:00 tour on a Tuesday. It is said this is one of the most intacts plantations in the country. Many "before and after" pictures of the building restorations. The main house is great, it is a bicentinnial home, meaning it has been in the same family for over 200 years. Members of the family continued to live in the home until early 1990's. Its crazy that the house has items dating back 200 years, and items dating back to the 1990's. There is even a 1950's kitchen in the house! The tour guide was very friendly and informative. This is a MUST see!

Visited October 2012
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