Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Natchez

#16 of 35 in Nature in Louisiana
Experience history when you visit Cane River Creole National Historical Park's Oakland and Magnolia Plantations, located near historic Natchitoches, LA. Natchitoches, established in 1714, is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory.

OAKLAND PLANTATION offers visitors a chance to tour the largest surviving French Creole plantation in the South. Main House tours are available every day at 1pm. Self-guided tours and cell phone tours are available for Oakland's numerous outbuildings, including the Plantation Store, Overseer's House, Slave/Tenant Cabins, Mule Barn, Cook's Cabin, Pigeoniers (pigeon houses), and many more.

MAGNOLIA PLANTATION offers visitors a chance to tour the historic Gin/Press Barn, with Ranger-led tours available every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm. Self-guided tours and cell phone tours are available for Magnolia's numberous outbuildings, including the Plantation Store, Blacksmith Shop, Pigeoniere (pigeon house), Slave Hospital/Overseer's House, and brick Slave/Tenant Cabins.

PLEASE NOTE: Magnolia's Main House is privately owned and NOT available to tour at this time.

Cane River Creole National Historical Park is SIGNIFICANT because:

• It illustrates the process of Creolization through the convergence of French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, African, American, and American Indian cultures and the

adaptations of those cultures to each other in the New World.

• It represents a relationship between cultures and a landscape, which is unique to this region.

• It illustrates a succession of agricultural and labor systems, changing technologies, and evolving social practices over three centuries.

• The French Creole cotton plantations reflect completeness in their historic settings, including landscapes, outbuildings, structures, furnishings, and artifacts; and they are the most intact French Creole cotton plantations in the U.S.

While admiring a hand-wrought door hinge or a cleverly-worked wooden gate, we might reflect on the social and agricultural practices that built these tenant houses, pigeonniers, carpenter and blacksmith shops. The hand-hewn cypress beams, ancient bousillage walls, and weathered fencerows may remind us of the people who not only left us this legacy of rural landscapes and farm buildings, but also labored to bring the United States to the country it is today. Cane River Creole National Historical Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • We arrived 30 minutes prior to close and were reminded at least half dozen times it was near closing time. This place has interesting history and staff weren’t unfriendly but get there early...  more »
  • Our family has visited this park twice and went to both park locations. We learned a lot of information regarding life on a plantation and in the rural part of Louisiana. The park is well preserved....  more »
  • Almost a hidden gem. This is a great park just off the interestate a few miles. It’s a great place to see a plantation of this type. The buildings were restored beautifully. The staff here love their jobs here and it shows. Great explanations about the history of the park and the surrounding area. NOTE…. It is a plantation. Be prepared to spend some time walking around to look at the various buildings. Also, try to join in in the plantaion house walk through. It’s fascinating. There are restrooms near the parking lot.
  • The main house is being renovated. Only hospital and slave housing available to see. Still cool.

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