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

The following message from Jean Carter expresses so well our sense of loss, as members of APHN, when the Kate Chopin House burned on October 1, 2008.

“I am sending you (the Kate Chopin International Society) several of my photos of the tragic fire that destroyed this wonderful residence and all of its contents. The entire Cloutierville community has suffered a tremendous loss much akin to the death of a beloved family member.

“The historical and cultural heritage of this region will never be the same, and because this tragedy is so fresh, not much has been directed toward the future of the remaining structures on the Kate Chopin property. I hope that you will be able to share my photos with those who value Kate Chopin the person and the author. Thanks for caring about the Kate Chopin House and                                                                                                                                  Bayou Folk Museum”.

Jean Carter is the Heritage Ranger for the Cane River National Heritage Area and has a heart for preserving endangered places and fragile artifacts.

Kate Chopin House before fire

Photos by Jean Carter, courtesy Cane River National Heritage Area

The following message from Susie Chopin and Annette Chopin Lare:

(Greatgrandaughters of Kate Chopin)

“While our family has never placed great emphasis on material things, there was a collective gasp and profound sadness when it was learned that Kate’s home in Cloutierville, Louisiana, had burned. The Kate Chopin House in Cloutierville was our grandfather’s boyhood home. For those of us who were fortunate enough to visit The Bayou Folk Museum, walking through the rooms where Kate and Oscar lived with their children and seeing the bayou country that inspired so much of Kate’s best work, was an inspiring and unforgettable experience”.

As you travel around Natchitoches Parish, or the city where you live, do you see historical sites and structures that are endangered? Artifacts that are not being preserved properly?

  • Civil War battlefields that are scheduled to become another strip mall or shopping center
  • Historic structures that are falling into ruin
  • Priceless articles of clothing, paintings, jewelry, documents, books, sculptures, and more
Find out how you can help by being a good steward of our cultural heritage and help preserve endangered places and fragile artifacts.
For information about membership, events and tours please contact us:

Phone: 318-379-0055We will be happy to answer questions and address any concerns you may have.

Also you may contact the Kate Chopin International Society for information