Melrose Plantation

(318) 379-0055

Built in 1796, Melrose Plantation is a National Historic Landmark just 15 miles south of Natchitoches, the oldest city in the state of Louisiana. Both Melrose Plantation and nearby Cane River Creole National Historical Park are within the Cane River Heritage Area, and are on the Cane River National Heritage Trail, a Louisiana scenic byway.


Melrose Plantation shares the story of slave Marie Thérèse Coincoin and her ten Franco-African children with Thomas Pierre Metoyer, as well as the Isle Brevelle Creole community, the Civil War, plantation history, and Louisiana folk art. Besides the ‘big house’, Melrose Plantation also features the Yucca House, African House, and a large barn. After 1884, under the ownership of John Hampton Henry and Miss Cammie Garrett Henry, Melrose Plantation became a haven for writers and artists, including famous folk artist Clementine Hunter, who was once a field hand and cook at the plantation. Melrose Plantation is open for tours, and hosts an annual spring arts and crafts festival.

Melrose Plantation is located at 3533 LA-119, Melrose, LA 71452. For more information call (318) 379-0055 or visit



Natchitoches, LA

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