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Begun in 1941 and chartered as a non-profit organization in 1944, the APHN is a volunteer organization. At present, APHN operates two historic properties: Melrose Plantation and the Lemee House. The organization provides educational opportunities to children and adults through the Children's Walking Tour of Natchitoches, the Fall Tour of Historic Homes and daily 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays) guided tours of Melrose Plantation, which include the Big House and the African House.
MELROSE PLANTATION BIG HOUSE 1833
Melrose Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tours of the Historic House begin at the Melrose Bindery Every 15 minutes past the Hour (First Tour: 10:15, Last Tour begins at 4:15)
Gift Shop closes at 5pm
GUIDED HOUSE TOUR
*Students (6-17 or with University ID) $5.00
GROUNDS ONLY TOUR (does not include house tour)
*Students $ 3.00
GROUPS OF 15 OR MORE (by reservation)
Adult Group: $10.00
Tour Operator Group: $8.00
*Student Group: $5.00
*(Now includes University students)
Melrose began life as The Louis Metoyer Plantation in 1796 and was named Melrose in 1884 when Joseph Henry bought the plantation. It is one of the first and is one of the best surviving examples of a Creole plantation built by former enslaved persons known as "free people of color." There are out- buildings from the late 1700's, one of which houses the 1955 murals painted by the internationally known African-American Folk Artist, Clementine Hunter, who lived and worked at Melrose.
For more information regarding
year-round tours please call: 318-379-0055.
Plan a Tour of the Melrose Historic Home and Out-Buildings of the Metoyer “Gens de Colour Libre”.
The Lemee House was constructed in 1837. In 1940 a group of concerned women convinced the City of Natchitoches to buy the house with the understanding that the women would restore and maintain the property and use it as a Club House. And so it remains today the meeting place of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches as well as other local organizations.
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Offer #1: the story of Clementine Hunter's life, her art and her murals.