Map of Cane River Creole National Historical Park
Cane River Creole National Historical Park In west-central Louisiana, near Natchitoches. Short description of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park.
Cane River Creole National Historical Park in west-central Louisiana, near Natchitoches.
Two sprawling plantations are joined in this historic park area: Oakland Plantation, founded in 1785, and Magnolia Plantation, settled in 1735 and founded in 1835. Both sites represent the gradual continuum from 18th-century land grants to mid-20th-century occupation and use by the same families who owned the plantations—as well as by many of the families who worked for them, first as slaves and later as tenants and sharecroppers. The Oakland unit includes the 1820s "Main House" and most of the original outbuildings. The Magnolia unit has eight brick cabins from the 1830s, plus wooden and steam cotton ginning and pressing equipment. The park was authorized on November 2, 1994.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring plantations. Facilities: Visitor center. Programs & Events: Daily guided tours of Oakland (9, 11, 1, and 3) and Magnolia (24-hour advance reservations required, tel. 318/356-8441). Tips & Hints: Expect to spend about one hour on each tour. Busiest May-Sept., least crowded July and Aug.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Hotels: None in park. In Natchitoches: Comfort Inn (5362 Rte. 6 W, tel. 318/352-7500 or 800/228-5150; 59 rooms; $60-$68), Hampton Inn (5300 Rte. 6 W, tel. 318/354-0010 or 800/426-7866; 74 rooms; $64-$74). X Restaurants: None in park. In Natchitoches: Almost Home (Rte. 1 Bypass, tel. 318/352-2431; $7-$ll; no dinner Sun.-Thurs., closed Sat.), The Landing Restaurant (530 Front St., tel. 318/ 352-1579; $6-$10; closed Mon.). 6 Groceries: None in park. In Natchitoches: Brookshires (318 Dixie Plaza, tel. 318/352-4000).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Park open via guided tour only. Office open weekdays 8-4:30.
HOW TO GET THERE
Oakland Plantation: 8 mi south of Natchitoches on Rte. 119; Magnolia Plantation: 10 mi farther south on Rte. 119. Closest airports: Alexandria (45 mi), Shreveport (75 mi).
Cane River Creole National Historical Park (mailing address: 400 Rapides Dr., Natchitoches, LA 71457; location: 4386 Rte. 494, Natchez, LA 71456, tel. 318/352-0383, fax 318/352-4549, ). Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission (781 Front St., Natchitoches, LA 71457, tel. 318/352-8072 or 800/259-1714,).
Cane River Creole National Historical Park In west-central Louisiana, near Natchitoches. Short description of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park