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Cane River

National Heritage Area - Louisiana

The Cane River National Heritage Area is located in the state of Louisiana. The heritage area is known for plantations featuring Creole architecture, as well as numerous other sites that preserve the multi-cultural history of the area. The heritage area includes the town of Natchitoches, Louisiana and its national historic district. Founded in 1714, it is the oldest community in the territory covered by the Louisiana Purchase. Cane River Creole National Historical Park, including areas of Magnolia and Oakland plantations, also is within the heritage area. The Heritage Area begins just south of Natchitoches and extends south and west for about 35 miles (56 kilometers along Cane River Lake and Interstate 49 to Monette's Ferry. Other sites in the heritage area include the Kate Chopin House and the state historic sites of Los Adaes State Historic Site, Fort Jesup, and Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site.

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Cane River NHA https://www.nps.gov/crha/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_River_National_Heritage_Area The Cane River National Heritage Area is located in the state of Louisiana. The heritage area is known for plantations featuring Creole architecture, as well as numerous other sites that preserve the multi-cultural history of the area. The heritage area includes the town of Natchitoches, Louisiana and its national historic district. Founded in 1714, it is the oldest community in the territory covered by the Louisiana Purchase. Cane River Creole National Historical Park, including areas of Magnolia and Oakland plantations, also is within the heritage area. The Heritage Area begins just south of Natchitoches and extends south and west for about 35 miles (56 kilometers along Cane River Lake and Interstate 49 to Monette's Ferry. Other sites in the heritage area include the Kate Chopin House and the state historic sites of Los Adaes State Historic Site, Fort Jesup, and Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site. More than 300-years of history are etched into the rural landscape of colonial forts, plantations, churches, cemeteries, and homes that comprise Cane River National Heritage Area. Historically, this region lay at the intersection of the French and Spanish Realms in the New World, with the town of Natchitoches originating as an important 18th century trade center. 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. The central corridor of the heritage area begins just south of Natchitoches, 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 other places. Grand Ecore Visitor Center The US Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center is located at Grand Ecore, a small community about four miles north of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and commands a panoramic view from a bluff 80 feet above the Red River. Roque House Historic house with steep pitched roof, brick walkways leading up to open front porch The Roque House, originally built in 1803, has since been restored and is a great example of French Creole architecture. Melrose Plantation Large white plantation house with large two story porch The Melrose Plantation was built in 1833 and offers regular tours. Cotton Field Cotton field with colorful sunset Beauty is all around in Natchitoches Parish. Cane River Waterway with deck stretching out over water in foreground and homes on other side of water; sunset The Cane River which defines the region is actually an oxbow lake that once was the primary channel of the Red River. Cane River Music Festival The annual Cane River Music Festival celebrates the tradition of live music on the landscape of Cane River Creole National Historical Park. It began with early "juré singing" without instrumentation, evolved into a style that incorporated rhythm and blues with accordion, saxophone, and washboard. Today, contemporary musicians play Creole music inspired by tradition and newer influences. Creole culture was and continues to be a blend of continuity and change. A musician holds a round-bodied cheesebox guitar in both hands at the 2012 music festival. Code Noir The Code Noir initially took shape in Louis XIV’s edict of 1685. Although subsequent decrees modified a few of the code’s provisions, this first document established the main lines for the policing of slavery right up to 1789. Resistance Escape Community The conference “Resistance, Escape, Community: Opposition to Enslavement in North Louisiana and the 19th Century Deep South" connected scholars and grassroots researchers with place-based history. A group of people holding a banner
Cane River Map.qxp_Layout 1 7/30/15 4:04 PM Page 1 Take a Cultural Journey as you travel the Cane River National Heritage Trail, a Louisiana Scenic Byway. Stretching from the Spanish Presidio of Los Adaes to the southern tip of Natchitoches Parish, the highways and byways of the Cane River region will engage you whether your interest is in historic plantations, military history, Creole culture and cuisine, or the scenic beauty of the area’s lakes, rivers, and forest. Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau 780 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457 1-800-259-1714 OR VISIT: www.CaneRiverNHA.org Cane River National Heritage Area Office 1115 Washington Street Natchitoches, LA 71457 Cover Art courtesy ©Cane River Art Corporation features renowned folk artist Clementine Hunter’s painting of Melrose Plantation and documents the historic structures originally constructed by the descendants of freed Black slaves. Hunter’s paintings are noted for depicting everyday life in the rural South, specifically Cane River in the first half of the twentieth century. 1 Clarence Natchitoches Red River National Wildlife Refuge 5 485 7 West Side Exit 138 ? Fish d. ry R che Hat 494 Information Kiosk 119 Hagewood 1 6 120 8 9 Robeline West to Many and Toledo Bend Reservoir West Side 6 29 is 34 miles from I-49 fro Natchez chezz 6 Grand Ecore Visitor Center U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 15 Atahoe Plantation 16 St. Matthew High School 17 Carroll Jones House 18 Jones-Roque House 19 Badin-Roque House 20 Melrose Plantation 21 St. Augustine Catholic Church 22 Lewis Jones House 23 Metoyer-Cohen Plantation 8 Oaklawn Plantation 24 Magnolia Plantation Home 9 Cherokee Plantation 25 Cane River Creole NHP, Magnolia Plantation Unit 26 Kate Chopin Home Site 27 Chopin Plantation 28 Monett’s Ferry 13 Beau Fort Plantation 1 15 14 29 Fort Jesup State Historic Site Cypress Flora Travel down river and explore the plantation agriculture that shaped the economy and the lives of generations of people in the Cane River region. Historic plantation homes and outbuildings set the scene for the story of working plantations from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Exit 127 1 17 712 18 32 St. Anne Catholic Church 119 Trails 484 48 Isle Brevel Brevellee Cane River National Heritage Trail 20 Me Melrose 19 493 Isle Brevelle Trail 21 Montrosee El Camio Real National Heritage Trail 23 22 akeview Lakeview 24 25 117 De Derry Exit 119 Bellwood Kisatchie National Forest 31 Adai Indian Nation Cultural Center Down River 1 16 494 30 Los Adaes State Historic Site Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserve 830 Longleaf Vista Complex ? Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway Red River National Wildlife Refuge ? C Cloutie Cloutierville Information Boat Launch 26 Hospital Information Kiosk 27 49 Chopin 119 Exit 113 28 1 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE ALLIANCE OF NATIONAL HERITAGE AREAS South to Leesville and Ft. Polk Cane RiverNational HeritageTrail 10 The Old Plauche Place Plantation 12 133 7 Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery Bermuda Kisatchie Ranger District Cane River Creole NHP, Oakland Plantation Unit 12 St. Charles Borromeo Chapel 120 478 5 Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site Rigolette de Bon Dieu Provencal Down River 14 11 Cedar Bend Plantation 11 Exit 132 During the Spanish Colonial period in America, royal roads tied far-flung regions of Spain’s empire with Mexico City. One of these was El Camino Real de los Tejas, which provided the only primary overland route from what is now Mexico, crossing the Rio Grande to the Red River Valley in what is now Louisiana. 4 Northwestern State University of Louisiana La Cote Joyeuse 478 117 3 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Traces of each era of Natchitoches Parish’s 300 years are reflected in the 33-block National Historic Landmark District. Giving testament to Natchitoches’ unique intersection of cultures are numerous architectural styles, new and long-standing businesses, surrounding stately homes, prominently placed churches and a historic cemetery where many early leaders rest. 49 1 2 Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Historic Natchitoches 32 31 Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District Kisatchie National Forest Grand Ecore coree Exit 142 Fort Jesup SHS Fo F OR VISITOR INFORMATION: 6 Heritage Sites East to Winnfield 84 6 Cane River National Heritage Area Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. is a not for profit organization that manages the congressionally designated Cane River National Heritage Area and works to protect, preserve, and promote the historic character and sustainability of the Cane River National Heritage Area region. 71 Campti Exit 148 30 Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a largely rural, agricultural landscape known for its historic plantations, its distinctive Creole archi
Historic Natchitoches Map.qxp_Layout 1 7/30/15 4:00 PM Page 1 Historic Natchitoches Natchitoches has been Traces of each era of Natchitoches’ 300 years are reflected in the 33-block National Historic Landmark District. Giving testament to Natchitoches’ unique intersection of cultures are numerous architectural styles, new and long-standing businesses, surrounding stately homes, prominently placed churches and a historic cemetery where many early leaders rest. welcoming visitors to the heart of the Cane River region for over three hundred years. As the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, its history is also a story of the development of our nation, of the challenges and successes of democracy, and of ever evolving American values. A historic downtown and friendly citizens are the setting for your visit. Nationally recognized as a Preserve America Community, a Distinctive Destination, and a Great American Main Street, Natchitoches is a genuine heritage destination. 1 Historic Front Street 1 Roque House 2 Historic Cane River 2 Bust of St. Denis 6 17 Lemee House 33 Northwestern State University 10 Nakatosh Hotel 18 Fort St. Jean Baptiste The Red River Campaign 4 Legacy of Catholicism 5 The American Transition 6 The American Cemetery 5 Kaffie-Frederick Hardware 3 Sompayrac Building 11 DeBlieux Building 4 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and 34 National Center for Preservation 26 Old Courthouse State Historic Site 19 American Cemetery Technology and Training (NCPTT) 27 Natchitoches Parish Courthouse Science, and the Arts 12 Location of 1866 Freedmen’s 20 First United Methodist Church 28 Old Masonic Lodge 13 Prudhomme-Rouquier House 21 First Baptist Church 29 Landmarks in Time Exhibit Trails 6 Ducournau Square 14 Tante Huppé House 22 Trinity Episcopal Church 30 Texas and Pacific Railway Depot Cane River National Heritage Trail 7 Blanchard Building 15 Bayou Amulet 23 Bishop Martin Museum 31 Roselawn 8 Prudhomme Building 16 Taylor House / Steel Magnolia House 24 Catholic Rectory 32 Tauzin-Wells Home Northwest Louisiana History Museum Historic District Trail A D E S T I N AT I O N 35 Louisiana School for Math, Bureau Office 36 Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery Since 1714 37 Grand Ecore Visitor Center U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 30 Business Sixth Street Street Fifth Street Church Street Fourth Street Fourth Street 6 emezie ? Visitor Center 17 Rue J Rue Amulet Rue Pine ey 18 14 15 16 13 Rue J son 4 12 effers effer 26 22 24 23 11 on 25 P Arts Center 28 10 3 South to P City Hall Church Street Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site Rue Nelken 21 Rue Trudeau P 20 Rue Touline Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau Rue Sid n F OR VISITOR INFORMATION: Events Center Central Fire Station Library Rue Percy P 5 8 7 9 Historic Front St. 29 Utility Service Servic Center Second Street 6 1 P 5 ? 4 3 RRue Washington 2 Rue Beau Port 1 P P Cane River National Heritage Area Office C A N E Keyser Ave. Bridge 1115 Washington Street Natchitoches, LA 71457 R I V E R Cover Art courtesy ©Cane River Art Corporation features renowned folk artist Clementine Hunter’s illustration of Zinnias. Hunter used Zinnias, her favorite flower in many of her paintings of life on Cane River. Fleur de Lis Stage L A K E 1 2 Church Street Bridge Williams Ave. ce Ln. Dr. Street Keyser Ave. 31 St. Mauri Adelaide t Sirod Stree Whitfield South to Cane River Plantations and Historic Sites Business 32 St. Clair Ave. 494 Stephens Ave. 1 Henry Ave. South to National Fish Hatchery and Alexandria Carver Ave. National Fish Hatchery location is 1 mile south Keegan Dr. 36 1 6 37 North to Grand Ecore and Clarence Cover image ©Cane River Art Corporation P rson Post Office 27 ypres s Texas Street Rue Po Rue C Jeffe Third Street ete Rue D Gate 6 Gate P Rue Pavie 19 Rue Buard Gate Rue Sibley American Cemetery et Rue Saint Denis Restroom d Stre P Univer Pocket Parks and Gardens Secon Gate Rue Ragan Parking Lot re P rkway Information sity Pa ? Rue Touline Campus Main Gate Rue Saint Denis Police Rue Lafayette 33 Fifth Street Rue Lafayette treet nue Rue Horne Boyd S al Av e 1 Catholic Cemetery Rue Trudeau Centr Caspari 34 Bossie r Stree t Northwestern State University Campus Rue IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE ALLIANCE OF NATIONAL HERITAGE AREAS 25 Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception 3 49 9 Deterville’s Corner North to Shreveport Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. is a not for profit organization that manages the congressionally designated Cane River National Heritage Area and works to protect, preserve, and promote the historic character and sustainability of the Cane River National Heritage Area region. 780 Front Street Natchitoches, LA 71457 1-800-259-1714 OR VISIT: www.CaneRiverNHA.org

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