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Melrose Plantation

3533 Highway 119, Melrose, LA 71452-3416
+1 318-379-0055
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A National Historic Landmark--for a unique reason

Melrose Plantation in Melrose, Louisiana, not to be confused with Melrose House in Natchez... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
Very interesting

Nice place to visit on your way to Natchitoces from the south. We did not get to do the guided... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Robert O
San Diego, California, United States
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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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This hidden gem offers so much history. Such an amazing experience learning the history of the Metoyer family.

Thank Erical337
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Our guide was excellent. We learned about how the walls of a plantation are made and the materials that make them. Our guide was knowledge about all aspects of the plantation. If you like history, this is certainly the place to come. You also learn...More

Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I very much enjoyed our tour of Melrose Plantation. This place has so much history and beauty, that it is a must if you're in the Natchitoches area. It's super interesting that some original artifacts are still in the plantation:)

Thank JodiSeneca
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This plantation has a unique history which made the whole story very interesting. Added to that is the story of the artist in residence Clementine Hunter with a large display of her artwork. Our guide was SO knowledgeable and I hate that I can't remember...More

Thank NawlinsLady
Reviewed 21 April 2017

We came and did only the grounds area admission because we didn't have time to wait for the next quided tour which takes place 15 minute past each hour during the day. Beautiful grounds and interesting historical structures.

Thank tangojohnDallas
Reviewed 5 April 2017

My husband and I were touring Southern Louisiana and came across this plantation. What a gem. It has been restored and maintained beautifully. They had one special slave that lived on the plantation who later on became an artist, and her paintings are still part...More

Thank Mary F
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Step back in time to the 1800's when the beautiful Cane River region in Louisiana included sprawling cotton and pecan plantations. Melrose Plantation is an historic gem that has been lovingly renovated and furnished with period antiques. From the elegant big house to the slave...More

Thank janetkay01
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Dana S
28 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