Something Great to Do on an Autumn Weekend in Natchitoches Wednesday, Sep 21 2011 

So you do not like to shoot the little bushy-tailed squirrels nor care for watching the pigskins fly. Say your heart is not in putting up a deer stand or practicing like Robin Hood for the bow season. Some might ask” “What on earth does that leave for meaningful human activity?” I am so glad you asked that question.

On the Second Weekend in October (7, 8, 9), the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) offers the Annual Fall Tour of Homes.

Take the Candlelight Tour on Friday Evening and revel in an enchanting stroll through the National Landmark District…the Service League of Natchitoches will host its third  tasting fair at the Prudhomme-Rouquiermake House featuring recipes in their “Steel Magnolias Kitchen Cookbook”…make  your last stop the Ferrer-Westrop Cottage to enjoy music, wine and cheese

Visit National Historic Sites on the town and country tours

Explore the private homes of Louisiana’s oldest French Colony

Tickets are available at the Natchitoches Area Convention/Visitors Bureau on Front Street or online at

Melrose Plantation (circa 1796) will be featured on the Cane River Country Tour. See a collection of art work by primitive artist Clementine Hunter.

Melrose Plantation, the Big House Managed by APHN

The Lemee House, APHN's Headquarters for the Fall Tour of Homes

Fall Tour at the Lemee House

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The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

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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, 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.

October 8, 9 & 10



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