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Melrose Plantation

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Address: 3533 Highway 119, Melrose, LA 71452-3416
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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)

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Historic Southern Plantation Life

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 been lovingly renovated and furnished with period antiques. From the elegant big house to the slave quarters to the writers cabin and the African House which displays the incredible work of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

What an interesting history this place has! We really enjoyed our visit to Melrose and loved the tour and our tour guide, Nick. This plantation has a fascinating past that includes the early history of Louisiana plantations but also a later period associated with the arts and literature. The famed painter, Clementine Hunter, had a long association with this house,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I went with my partner to the Melrose Plantation. Nick, the tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. The story of the plantation and specially of Clementine Hunter, an African American painter, really got me interested in her style and technique. It's my first time in Natchitoches, and got fascinated with the city and tours this city has to offer...the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the grounds and history at this plantation. The drive along the Cane Lake was beautiful. The plantation needs some TLC very badly to maintain the history and beauty of the home. The huge oak tree were a reason along for the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We absolutely loved the tour. Our guide was very informative and friendly. He did a great job explaining the history of every building we toured. A must do if you're on Natchotoches.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

I realky felt the soul of the two women who make the Melrose Plantation famous! If you can plan to visit after October you will really appreciate the walking tour as the cooler temperatures allow for a breeze. The cooler weather also helped me understand the motive behind the architecture. The big house was originally on stilts and the guest... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This plantation has a unique history. It was an artist colony where several famous authors and the famed Clementine Hunter lived. The grounds are beautiful with incredible trees. We really enjoyed the historic tour here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Our guide was amazing. She confided to our group that she was a bit nervous because ours was only her second solo tour, but she was engaging, enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable. The history of Melrose is different from the norm. having passed through many stages and ending up as a haven for the writers and artists. One of the highlights... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I really wanted to tour a plantation while we were in western LA but my spouse wasn't that thrilled about it. This turned out to be a pleasant surprise for both of us - we both found things to be interested in. Sue was a great tour guide. The tour touched on art, architecture, history botany, literature, and the general... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Melrose is one of the most unique plantations in the Old South. Located at 3533 Highway 119 in Melrose, Louisiana, in Natchitoches Parish, it is one of the largest plantations in the United States built by and for free blacks. Established in the late 18th century by Marie Therese Coincoin, a former slave who became a wealthy businesswoman, the grounds... More 

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