See Beautiful Old Historic Plantations on Cane River.
Louis Metoyer, from a Spanish Land Grant in the late 1700's, began what is now known as Melrose. The oldest dwellings date to circa 1796. The Main House was built in 1833. The complex includes seven outbuildings, each dedicated to its own purpose. The Oak trees on the grounds are over 250 years old and are adorned with Resurrection Fern. Melrose has been a yucca, indigo and cotton plantation. It was built by Free People of Color who were its first residents. It has been an Artists Colony. It was the work place of Clementine Hunter, a world renowned Folk Artist. Melrose Plantation is a "must see" National Historic Landmark.
Emmanuel Prud'homme in the1780's began farming on what is now the Cane River. Only Prud'hommes have ever owned Oakland Plantation since that early date until they sold all its buildings and the land they occupy to the Department of the Interior in 1997. It is truly a one family Bicentennial Farm, now a National Park. The Main House was built in 1821. The Bottle Garden, the Pigeonnier, the Overseer's House, Cabins where the enslaved people lived and the Main House are all there for visitors to appreciate. Make plans to visit this "one of a kind" historic site.
Today a part of the CANE RIVER CREOLE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, the Main House was built in 1840 on 15 acres acquired from French and Spanish Land Grants during the late 1700's. Visit the inside of one of eight Brick Slave Cabins that still exist from the 1800's. These cabins also housed tenent farmers and their families after the Civil War. See the only existing Wooden Cotton Press west of the Mississippi River, a restored cotten gin as well as the Overseer's House that was once the Slace Hospital.
Plan a Romantic Weekend Getaway in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that the Natchitoches Historic District is one of the Five Most Romantic Main Streets in the United States. Here is what they had to say about Front Street in Natchitoches.
“What do Main Streets have that the malls don’t? Atmosphere… History… Romance. They’re the place to go for unique experiences. Candle-lit restaurants, unique wedding destinations, charming streets for strolls, intimate wine-tasting rooms, quaint B&Bs, special historic spots — these are just a few of the things that make Main Street districts a romantic destination. This year, we scoured the nation to find the Most Romantic.
Stay in a downtown Inn or a beautifully furnished century old Bed and Breakfast home. Dine on local cuisine. Enjoy a visit to MELROSE, a French Creole Plantation and/or the Maison de Marie Therese Coincoin when you
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The French came to Natchitoches in 1714.
Now it's your turn.