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Address: Natchitoches, LA 71458
Phone Number: +1 318-356-5555
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Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a largely...

Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a largely rural, agricultural landscape known for its historic plantations, its distinctive Creole architecture, and its multi-cultural legacy. Historically this region lay at the intersection of French and Spanish realms in the New World. Today it is home to a unique blend of cultures, including American Indian, French, Spanish, African, and Creole. The central corridor of the heritage area begins just south of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, and extends along both sides of Cane River Lake for approximately 35 miles. The heritage area includes Cane River Creole National Historical Park, seven National Historic Landmarks, three State Historic Sites, and many other historic plantations, homes, and churches. What is a National Heritage Area? A National Heritage Area is a place recognized by the United States Congress for its unique contribution to the American experience. In a national heritage area, natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. These patterns make national heritage areas representative of the national experience through the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved in the areas. Continued use of the national heritage areas by people whose traditions helped to shape the landscapes enhances their significance. The Cane River National Heritage Area is one of forty-nine National Heritage Areas recognized by Congress for their significant contributions to the American experience. In partnership with the National Park Service, CRNHA, Inc. celebrates the nationally significant history of the Cane River region, preserving it for the benefit of current and future generations.

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I visited the Oakland Plantation grounds and outbuildings on a self-guided tour in Feb 2016. (I did not make it to Magnolia Plantation.) Unfortunately, the Oakland plantation... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 February 2016
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Hollywood, Maryland
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Hollywood, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

I visited the Oakland Plantation grounds and outbuildings on a self-guided tour in Feb 2016. (I did not make it to Magnolia Plantation.) Unfortunately, the Oakland plantation house was closed for renovations (new roof). I almost left when I saw the tape around the plantation home & some buildings around it (i.e., discouraging visitors). Fortunately, a docent came along &... More 

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

We visited the Oakland & Magnolia Plantations and were very impressed! There are numerous historic buildings relating back to the time when plantation owners had many slave through the liberation of slavery when many slaves were tenant farmers on the same plantations. Both sites are FREE! The grounds are extensive at both sites. You can choose the self guided tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

This was great. Toured some historical homes the steel magnolia home named for the movie. You need to go early in morning time to hey good parking and stake your claim on the cane river bank for the fireworks. Plan ahead months to stay in Natchitoches due to everything booked already a month in advance. We stayed in Many, La.

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Houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

The National Park Service is doing an excellent job with this National Historic Park which includes Oakland and Magnolia Plantations. Admission is FREE. They have a rather innovative self-guided tour using your cell phone I haven't seen before. You dial a number and proceed with self explanatory stops around the site. Unfortunately the main house was closed due to renovations.... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

This review is for the Oakland Plantation. It's just down the road from Natchitoches, and the grounds are gorgeous. Just one family owned the plantation from the 1600s to the 1980s or so, so all of the buildings are full of stories. And not just the plantation owners, but also the slaves and later share-croppers that made the place work.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

We toured the Melrose Plantation. Enjoyed it very much. The tour guide was very good. Amazing murals painted by the folk artist who lived there, Clementine Hunter. The drive up the river was very enjoyable, also.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

The drive long the Cane River is a great way to take a leisurely drive on the way to Natchitoches. This area contains some of the earliest history of the Louisiana Purchase. There are areas that were settled in the 1700's by several European cultures. Wheter you are from Louisiana or just driving through our state and interested in history,... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

Don't miss the opportunity to see the lovely plantations along the Cane River! It's a beautiful drive from Front Street.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

All I can say that this was the most beautiful drive of our two week road trip along the river, plantations and pecan groves.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

This was a nice overview of plantation life in the 1800's - 1950's. The Rangers were helpful and our volunteer tour guide did a great job of making history come to life.

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