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Melrose Plantation

3533 Highway 119, Melrose, LA 71452-3416
+1 318-379-0055
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Plantation plus Primitive Art!

We arrive around 10 on a drizzly Saturday and we’re the first visitors to arrive. We were greeted... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Emily L
Lufkin, Texas
via mobile
Fantastic stop on the Cane River

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Nick around the grounds and main house of this plantation! Very... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2017
Laura G
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Melrose Plantation is an Antebellum historic house museum located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. We invite you to discover the two-hundred year history of the beautiful Melrose Plantation. The birth of a slave, Marie Therese Coincoin, and her ten Franco-African children with Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer became the legacy of the Isle Brevelle Creole Community. Descendants of the Metoyer family live along Cane River today, a people proud of their heritage and culture. Come realize the impact of the American Civil War and reconstruction on Cane River and the survival of a southern plantation along with the establishment of the Melrose freedman school by Fanny Hertzog. Explore the wonders of the early 20th Century Melrose artists' retreat founded by Carmelite Garrett Henry and follow the discovery of Clementine Hunter, one-time Melrose cook, as she emerged to become Louisiana's most celebrated primitive artist. (Click here for an update on the Clementine Hunter African House murals.) A National Historic Landmark, Melrose Plantation contains nine historic buildings including the African House, Yucca House, Weaving Cabin, Bindery and the Big House. A collection of work by world famous African American folk artist Clementine Hunter is available for viewing, including her popular African House Murals. Melrose Plantation is a Historic Site of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)
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3533 Highway 119, Melrose, LA 71452-3416
+1 318-379-0055
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We arrive around 10 on a drizzly Saturday and we’re the first visitors to arrive. We were greeted kindly and our tour started immediately. Our tour guide, Bailey, was knowledgeable, personable and thorough. The guided tour is absolutely the way to go! The Big House...More

Thank Emily L
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Nick around the grounds and main house of this plantation! Very knowledgeable, he gave a superb account of plantation life, the history of the house and its owners, and of the famous Clementine Hunter and her artwork. If you...More

Thank Laura G
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We stopped her on our Girls Trip. It was very cool to learn about this place. The guided tours are every 15 minutes or so. Make sure you get there on time or you will have to wait. There are a lot of places you...More

Thank Crystal J
Reviewed 13 November 2017

I had a few hours to kill during a recent trip through Natchitoches. On a whim, I decided to make a stop at Melrose Plantation. I've toured a number of plantations in the past, but I was pleasantly surprised with the setting and compelling content...More

Thank Shane7770
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Took the Cane River drive to the plantation. We arrived 40 minutes before the tour, so were able to meander the grounds. Our docent brought the plantation to life. Rich in history...the stories tell of strong women, hard work and times. The details of the...More

Thank Cathy D
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We had the guided tour, which was interesting, and with a knowledgable guide. Afterwards we stayed in the plantation area for our own lunch and break. It is a really spacious area without too many tourists. It seems much more relaxed than the plantations having...More

Thank jernhesten
Reviewed 30 September 2017

This property is well preserved with a fascinating history. The orignal family was Creole and built up a Franco-African community that still thrives in this area. Ownership changed and it wound up in the Hertzog family. Cammie Hertzog turned it into an artist retreat in...More

Thank lovesitaly96
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Melrose Plantation in Melrose, Louisiana, not to be confused with Melrose House in Natchez, Mississippi, is one of the largest plantations in the United States built by and for free blacks. It was owned and developed by the Metoyer family, who were free people of...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Nice place to visit on your way to Natchitoces from the south. We did not get to do the guided tour because it just started and they go every hour. However the young lady at the gift store was very knowledgeable and gave us a...More

Thank Robert O
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Melrose Plantation has several buildings. It is probably best known as the home of the late primitive artist, Clementine Hunter. There are numerous interesting artifacts and furniture, in addition to paintings. Interior photos are not allowed; otherwise, I'd have given it a 4.

Thank David T
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Dana S
29 October 2016|
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Response from 525Barb1205 | Reviewed this property |
Pay to take the guided tour, the history is amazing! And as the others have said, a couple of hours will give you enough time to wander the the grounds and peak into the other buildings.
Juan R
8 March 2015|
Response from MrsBHudson | Reviewed this property |
open 10am to 5 pm with guided tours offered at 15 minutes past every hour for $10 per person