Jean Pierre Emmanuel Prud’homme Day in Natchitoches, Louisiana Tuesday, Oct 26 2010 

 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) 

The following address was delivered by Kathy Prudhomme Guin on October 23, 2010 in the American Cemetery for Jean Pierre Emmanuel Prudhomme Day.

“My name is Kathy Prudhomme Guin. Jean Pierre Emmanuel Prudhomme was my great, great, great, great grandfather.

Emmanuel had a long and interesting life. He was born January 2, 1762 in Natchitoches, LA to Dr. Jean Baptiste and Marie Josephine Prudhomme. He was one of 8 children and father to 8 children. Also, in the year of his birth, 1762, Louisiana changed from (a) French to a Spanish Colony.

For a historical perspective of his life, Emmanuel was:

  •  7 when Capt. James Cook discovered Australia and named it for the British Crown
  •  8 when Marie Antoinette married Louis 16th
  • 31 when she was beheaded during the French revolution in Paris
  • 13 when Paul Revere made his famous ride to Lexington
  •  42 when Lewis and Clark made the Expedition to the Pacific Coast.

He married Catherine Lambre Prudhomme and initially lived in a small home on the banks of the Red River, later known as Cane River Lake.

Emmanuel served as a Rifleman in the Natchitoches, LA Militia, which served under Spanish Governor of LA, Colonel Bernardo de Galvez during his campaign against the British. (1780 – 1782)

Emmanuel was a planter. His first crops were tobacco and indigo and sold the indigo to France to use as dye for French soldiers uniforms. Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin in 1793, increased the cultivation of cotton. In 1797, he planted cotton, reputed to be the first crop of cotton grown on a large scale in the LA Purchase. His cotton venture was a great success and other area planters begin to grow cotton.

In the early 1800’s many inhabitants had developed close relationships with the native Indians. Emmanuel had an undiagnosed ailment that caused him considerable pain. It was perhaps arthritis. The Natchitoches Indians, who were friendly with Emmanuel told him of a place of “healing waters” and offered to take him there. In 1807, Emmanuel accepted their offer and with a servant and necessary provisions, headed for the springs now known as Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was one of the first white men ever to visit these ´healing waters´. He built a modest home there and visited frequently for a few years.

In February of 1811, an Act of Congress enabled the Territory of Orleans to form a constitution and state government. Emmanuel Prudhomme and Pierre Bossier represented Natchitoches at the Constitutional Convention in New Orleans. After Congress approved the Constitution, the State of Louisiana was admitted to the Union.

Upon Emmanuel’s return to his plantation, he found his home in need of repair. Rather than repair his home he chose to build a larger home set back from the banks of the Red River. This new home was referred to as the Big House at Bermuda Plantation, also known as the Prudhomme Plantation and later known as Oakland Plantation.

After the house was finished in 1821, Emmanuel and Catherine traveled to France to visit family, buy furniture and had their portraits painted in Paris. These paintings hang in the living room at Oakland today.

Upon his death in May of 1845, at the age of 83, he passed the Big House and substantial acreage to his son, Pierre Phanor Prudhomme, while his other children inherited other property. At that point in time the French tradition of “primogeniture” was followed and Oakland was passed on to the oldest living son of each generation.

His legacy continues today at Oakland which is now part of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park”.A marvelous heritage and a wonderful family who are our neighbors and friends today in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana¨.

Come to Natchitoches and see Oakland Plantation and perhaps you will be fortunate enough to meet some of the Prud’homme family.

Big House at Oakland Plantation

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The African House at Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches, Louisiana Monday, Oct 18 2010 

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The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

The African House at Melrose Plantation

If the African House were the sole structure at the Melrose French Creole Plantation in Natchitoches, Louisiana, it would more than merit a visit. It is one of nine structures you can see on your sightseeing Tour of Melrose.

Francois Mignon relates the following endearing incident:

“It was on a hot day in July in the mid 1950,s that scenes of plantation life in Louisiana began to appear along the walls of the African House. The artist was Clementine Hunter who lived in her cabin on Melrose Plantation“.  

 

Francois Mignon, a prolific and gifted writer and a member of the artist’s colony at Melrose writes with feeling concerning Clementine Hunter

“Well do I remember when Clementine Hunter…first tried her hand at painting. She tapped at my door, said that she had found these twisted tubes (of paint) while cleaning up and that she believed she could ‘mark a picture on her own…if she sot her mind to it’.”

She presented her first picture to Mignon who replied:

Sister, you don’t know it but this is just the first of a whole lot of pictures you are going to bring me in the years ahead“.

Francois was right and the rest is history.

Buy Online Or At Melrose

Get more information on Touring Melrose.  Go {here) for the APHN website or to purchase your copy of:

ART FROM HER HEART; Folk Artist Clementine Hunter by Kathy Whitehead and Shane W. Evans

Melrose Plantation In Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana Is A Happy Place To Visit Friday, Oct 15 2010 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

Sometimes a tour is not fun for the entire family. When you bring your family to Melrose Plantation, you will discover something for all ages to keep them engaged.

When you tour Melrose with your family, girlfriend group, church group, school group or club, you will find something for everyone:

  • the history buff: we’ve got you covered with almost 300 years of fascinating people, stories and traditions
  • the nature lover: magnificent spreading oak trees, pecan orchids,  greenery and the serpentine Lower Cane River Lake  bordered by fields of corn, cotton and soybeans.
  • creative women will be drawn into the stories of the strong women who lived and worked at Melrose Plantation. Reproductions of their paintings and copies of their books are available on site in the book store and online at the APHN website.
  • the artist: learn about the art colony that prospered for so many years at this French Creole Plantation.
  • the military devotee. the Cane River region holds the stories of French, and Spanish colonial  settlement, trade and sometimes conflict. The Red River campaign had a devasting effect on the area. General George Patton and the U. S. Army trained here for engagement in World War II.
  • the little “explorers” in your family will share in the adventure of the cultural journey when you visit Melrose

    African House, Melrose

     

     

    Melrose Big House, 1833

Visit the APHN website by clicking {here} for information to schedule your

FUN TOUR TO MELROSE

 

Yucca. Melrose

 

 

Melrose Plantation, 1833

Big House, Melrose Plantation

 

Yucca Plantation, Now Known As Melrose In Natchitoches, Louisiana Wednesday, Oct 13 2010 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for APHN

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

Melrose , a 200-year old cotton and pecan plantation located on the banks of the lower Cane River in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, was once known as the Yucca Plantation.  Tour the Melrose Plantation and see nine historic buildings.

The oldest of these is Yucca House, built between 1796 and 1814. This French Creole cottage served as the first big house for the plantation.

 

Yucca

 

A second building is the African House, which can be dated sometime between 1800 and 1830.  Some speculate that it was built to resemble traditional African homes. Others have concluded that its inspiration comes from French barns.

 

African House

 

The current Big House, which was completed in 1833 employed the use of bousillage (a mixture of mud, Spanish moss and deer hair). The building has been remodeled numerous times and has several additions, including two distinctive hexagonal towers, known as garçoniéres, flanking the front gallery for adolescent boys.

 

Melrose Plantation, 1833

Big House, Melrose Plantation

 

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or Call (318) 379-0055

(Bus Tours by reservation only)

This Natchitoches Blog Is Only For Special People Friday, Oct 8 2010 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

Before you get excited and clutter the “blogosphere” with invectives, let me speak clearly about the target audience for the Natchitoches 1714 Blog Site.

We are looking for a few good people (many actually) who:

  • have a deep love for Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
  • maintain an active interest in its history, tradition and culture
  • want to see the historic buildings, sites, ecosystem (a system formed by the interaction of organisms with their physical environment) and stories preserved.
  • attempt to promote cultural tourism, not as crass commercialism, but as a loving and gracious gesture to share the treasures that are here in Natchitoches with others as well as future generations.
  • recognize that we do not live in the past but the past lives in us. This leads us to a dynamic dialogue with others who love history, those who are descended from the early settlers of the original French Colonial Settlement in Natchitoches, other preservation groups and those of us who are late comers to this amazing community.
  • become members of APHN and strive to advance its mission.

Finally, let us know you are out there and that you have found us by doing one or all of the following:

  1. Select the LIKE button at the bottom of this post if you like what you see.
  2. Subscribe at the bottom of the page, put in your e-mail address and you will be informed when the Blog Site is updated.
  3. Make your comments about this post. Please leave a reply.

We want you to know you are special to us and invite you to come and join us in our mission at APHN.

Begun in 1941 and chartered as a non-profit organization in 1944, the APHN is a volunteer organization. At present, APHN operates two historic properties: Melrose Plantation and the Lemee House. The organization provides educational opportunities to children and adults through the Children’s Walking Tour of Natchitoches, the Fall Tour of Historic Homes and daily guided tours of Melrose Plantation, which includes the Big House, Yucca House and the African House.

MELROSE PLANTATION BIG HOUSE 1833

Welcome To Natchitoches 1714’s Blog Site Thursday, Oct 7 2010 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for APHN

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

Begun in 1941 and chartered as a non-profit organization in 1944, APHN is a volunteer organization. At present, APHN operates two historic properties: Melrose Plantation and the Lemee House. The organization provides educational opportunities to children and adults through the Children’s Walking Tour of Natchitoches and the Fall Tour of Historic Homes as well as daily guided tours of Melrose Plantation, which includes the Big House, Yucca House and the African House.

MELROSE PLANTATION BIG HOUSE 1833

Melrose Plantation, 1833 Melrose Plantation, 1833 is owned and operated by the APHN and is open to the public for tours. Click {here} to go to the APHN website for more information.

Your visit to this French Creole Plantation on the lower Cane River will be memorable.

 

Melrose Plantation

 

There are some enchanting stories associated with Melrose Plantation.

Tour Melrose Plantation and hear the stories you will remember.


FALL TOUR OF HOMES
October 8, 9 & 10

SCHEDULE

LEMEE HOUSE

Lemee House, Tour Headquarters

Tour l:     Candle Light Tour       Fri.  7 p.m-9:30 p.m.
Tour ll:    Town Tour                 Sat. 9 a.m-4:00 p.m.
Tour lll:    Country Tour             Sat. 9:a.m-4:00 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m-3:00 p.m.

PRICES:   Individual Tour             $15.00 per person
Two-Tour Package       $30.00 per person
Three-Tour Package     $40.00 per person

Advanced reservations: (before Thursday, Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m.)
Individual Tour                $15.00 per person
Two-Tour Package          $28.00 per person
Three-Tour Package       $38.00 per person
$5.00 per tour package for those ages 6-12 traveling with an adult.
Children under 6 free.

To reserve and purchase your tickets call: 800-259-1714
Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau