APHN Offers Two Clementine Hunter Books for One Low Price Monday, Jan 21 2013 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches offers two great Clementine Hunter books for one low price. Visit Melrose Plantation for a wonderful tour of where Clementine lived and worked, see her magnificent mural and get your books at the Bindery (Gift Shop). If you cannot make it to Melrose, go to the APHN website and purchas the books. {click here}

Special Offer #1: a two book package for one Low Sale Price.

Clementine Hunter:Her Life and Art
By Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead
Louisiana State University Press, 2012
She painted and painted and painted: for fifty years she painted. She produced “between five and ten thousand” works of art. On snuff bottles, window shades, plywood, canvas and a multitude of objects found on the plantation. Hunter tells her own story and the story of her people in her paintings. The descendent of an enslaved family, she came from field hand in the cotton rows to cook for the plantation Big House to internationally known Folk Artist.
Shiver and Whitehead’s book is. itself, a well researched and lively story of not only the Artist, but of those who encouraged her, such as Lyle Saxon and Francois Mignon. It includes facinating data of forgeries and FBI involvment. Both authors knew Clementine.Whitehead visited her regularly for many years. Book includes paintings and photographs. Read and become Clementine’s friend

Clementine Hunter: The African House Murals
by Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead
Copyright 2005 The Association of the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches 
Published by NSU Press Publications
Hardcover Edition

The story in words and pictures about “the most colorful room in the south”.  One of the modern treasures of the American art scene was painted in the middle of the last century on nine plywood panels and installed on the dusty second floor of a unique structure at rural Melrose Plantation in northwest Louisiana.. Through journals and correspondence, we (the authors) are able today to put together the events that tell the story of the creation of Clementine Hunter’s African House Murals. (excerpt from inside cover)




Do You Have it In You? Thursday, Jan 3 2013 

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

Microbes are tiny organisms—too tiny to see without a microscope.  They live everywhere—in air, soil, rock, and water. Some live in you.  National Geographic, in its 125 Anniversary issue (January, 2013), has an article entitled “Why We Explore”. Listen to these findings:

“Dozens of studies have found that the gene (DRD4-7R), makes people more likely to take risks and generally embrace movement, change and adventure.”

Do you have the “restless gene”? Come to Natchitoches, Louisiana and the Melrose Plantation. Whatever the season you will find the activity best suited for your thirst for adventure and discovery. Break away from the same, lame and tame that makes life a rut. After all, a rut is just a grave with both end knocked out.

Bindery and Gift Shop

Bindery and Gift Shop



Melrose Plantation welcomes you for a Tour you will always remember.

For more information or to schedule a Group Tour please call: 318-379-0055  

A National Historic Landmark, c.1796, Melrose is rich in Louisiana history. The complex contains nine buildings including African House, Yucca House, Writer’s Cabin, Bindery and the Big House. Many authors, historians and artists resided and worked here. A collection of work by primitive artist Clementine Hunter is available for viewing. Located at 3533 State Hwy. 119 Melrose, Louisiana 


Melrose with the Japanese Tulips in bloom.




Melrose Hours of Operation:


Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday: Closed


 Tours of the Historic House begin at the Melrose Bindery Every 15 minutes past the Hour (First Tour: 10:15, Last Tour begins at 4:15)

 Gift Shop closes at 5pm


Admission Prices:


Adults $10.00

*Students (6-17 or with University ID) $5.00


 GROUNDS ONLY TOUR (does not include house tour)

Adults $5.00

*Students $ 3.00


 GROUPS OF 15 OR MORE (by reservation)

Adult Group: $10.00

Tour Operator Group: $8.00

*Student Group: $5.00

*(Now includes University students)
Contact Information: 318-379-0055 or info@melroseplantation.org