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Oakland Plantation

We only had time to visit one place on the heritage trail. We got to Oakland Plantation just a few... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lauri M
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Scenic trail and two plantations

Lovely drive along the Cane River and two plantations managed by the Nationsl Forest Service. Spnd... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a largely rural, agricultural landscape known for its historic plantations, its distinctive Creole architecture, and its multi-cultural legacy. Historically this region lay at the intersection of French and Spanish realms in the New World. Today it is home to a unique blend of cultures, including American Indian, French, Spanish, African, and Creole. The central corridor of the heritage area begins just south of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, and extends along both sides of Cane River Lake for approximately 35 miles. The heritage area includes Cane River Creole National Historical Park, seven National Historic Landmarks, three State Historic Sites, and many other historic plantations, homes, and churches. What is a National Heritage Area? A National Heritage Area is a place recognized by the United States Congress for its unique contribution to the American experience. In a national heritage area, natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. These patterns make national heritage areas representative of the national experience through the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved in the areas. Continued use of the national heritage areas by people whose traditions helped to shape the landscapes enhances their significance. The Cane River National Heritage Area is one of forty-nine National Heritage Areas recognized by Congress for their significant contributions to the American experience. In partnership with the National Park Service, CRNHA, Inc. celebrates the nationally significant history of the Cane River region, preserving it for the benefit of current and future generations.
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Natchitoches, LA 71458
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only had time to visit one place on the heritage trail. We got to Oakland Plantation just a few minutes too late to go to the slave quarters with the park ranger so we wandered around and took the self guided tour using the...More

Thank Lauri M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely drive along the Cane River and two plantations managed by the Nationsl Forest Service. Spnd a relaxng afternoon and stop at Magnolia plantation and see all the outbuildings that kept a plantation running, The house is open at 1pm only for tours; but the...More

Thank lovesitaly96
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Follow the trail, but stay alert cause you might miss something. The signs are green & so is the grass... We had a lotta fun with looking for landmarks, kinda like a treasure hunt or hide and seek. The plantations can be set back, so...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Picked up some information from the Visitor's Center in downtown Natchitoches. Glad I did it was helpful. Took a really pretty drive along the Cane River and watched for the signs along Hwy 494 for Oakland Plantation. It was a hot day so I took...More

Thank JLGlenn
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

There are a number of roads in and around Natchitoches that are well worth the visit. The tourist office in the town can direct you to the plantation road and tell you hours of operation and cost of tours of the ones that are open....More

Thank Marilyn M
Reviewed 10 June 2017

we came for the first time it was very good. both of us enjoyed it . Weather was good so we enjoyed much better.

Thank zbap
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Cane River grounds were o.k. Creole plantation grounds were better. Neither plantation mentioned much about slaves/slavery. Since slavery was a major part of plantations, it would have been better if information was provided. True narrative of plantation life.

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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Take the time to drive both sides of rage Cane River. Very country but captures the plantation feel and both simple and extravagant living.

Thank Sippytime
Reviewed 20 March 2017

To get a true feeling for the region historically, this is a must see. We visited 3 of the plantations and 2 of them are part of the National Park system (bring your passport). All 3 were different from each other and each worth seeing....More

Thank DZinks32
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This area is rich in history in the area, much of it going back 200-300 years old. Plantations, missions, Civil War and historic Fort sites, old churches and more, almost all of them National Register of Historic Places. Most of these sites charged no admission.

Thank held49
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