Cane River Country Tour
Saturday, October 12 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 13 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
A National Historic Landmark, c.1796, Melrose is rich in Louisiana history. The complex contains nine buildings including African House, Yucca House, Writer's Cabin, Bindery and the Big House. Many authors, historians and artists resided and worked here. A collection of work by primitive artist Clementine Hunter is available for viewing. Located at 3533 State Hwy. 119 Melrose, Louisiana
Built before 1839. this home is listed 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 1901. There are porches on three sides on the house with eighteen columns of hand-hewn cypress extending from the porch level to the eaves. Built of “bousillage” (mud mixed with moss and deer hair), the house has six original fireplaces and tall folding doors of “faux bois”; the grain has been painted on the wood. All of the wide floor boards are original, as are the windows. Located at 3110 State Hwy. 494.
Built c. 1821, this restoration in progress and its many outbuildings are part of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park and a National Historic Landmark. The plantation store offers an array of history and information on the home and surrounding area. The store, cotton gin and quarters will be available for viewing. Located at 4386 State Hwy. 494.