Step back in time to the 1800's when the beautiful Cane River region in Louisiana included sprawling cotton and pecan plantations. Melrose Plantation is an historic gem that has... read more
Melrose Plantation is an Antebellum historic house museum located in...
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)