Natchitoches Pilgrimage Cane River Country Tour

Cherokee Plantation

Built before 1839, this home is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a raised cottage elegantly furnished with many pieces of furniture that have been used in the house since 1891. Located at 3110 State Hwy 494.

Oakland Plantation

This plantation home was featured in 1955 during APHN's first Tour of Homes. A National Historic Landmark, c. 1821, it was recently purchased by the National Park Service as part of Cane River Creole National Historical Park and is open daily for tours free of charge. Oakland and its many out-buildings are part of the newly formed Park's restoration project. Staff will be available for tours and questions about the restoration in progress. Located at 4386 State Hwy 494.

Melrose Plantation

One of the homes now owned by APHN and featured on the first tour of homes in 1955, this National Historic Landmark, c. 1796, is rich in Louisiana history and art. The complex contains nine buildings, including photographer's favorite the Africa House. Yucca House, Writer's Cabin and the Big House hosted many of America's notable authors, historians, and artists. Clementine Hunter, Louisiana's most celebrated primitive artist, worked here; a unique collection of her work is available for viewing. Located at 2522 State Hwy 119, Melrose, La.

Kate Chopin House

One-time home of Kate Chopin, author of "The Awaking" and prolific writer of Creole and women's rights stories in the late 1800's. This National Historic Landmark, c. 1809, was recently restored by the APHN and is the featured home on its 2004 tour poster. It offers a new $25,000 interpretive exhibit, which was funded by the Cane River National Heritage Are Commission. Located at 243 State Hwy 495, Cloutierville, La.