This Place Matters! Visit, Preserve, Protect It for Future Generations Monday, Feb 18 2013 

Francois Mignon

Francois Mignon

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Lyle Saxon's historical Novel Children of Strangers available online from the Bindery at Melrose Plantation

Lyle Saxon’s historical Novel Children of Strangers available online from the Bindery at Melrose Plantation

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose

Cammie" Garrett Henry (1871-1948) of Melrose, Louisiana

Cammie” Garrett Henry (1871-1948) of Melrose, Louisiana

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Melrose Plantation, 1833

Big House, Melrose Plantation

Yucca. Melrose

Yucca. Melrose

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

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

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Admission Prices:

 GUIDED HOUSE TOUR

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 

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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.
 

 

NEW HOURS AT MELROSE

NEW HOURS AT MELROSE

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

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Admission Prices:

 GUIDED HOUSE TOUR

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

 

Spring Into Action Now and Register Online for The Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival Wednesday, Dec 26 2012 

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

Arts and Crafts Vendor:
We cordially invite you to exhibit your original work at the 39th annual Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, 2013 on the grounds of historic Melrose Plantation, located 15 miles south of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Attendance at the festival averages about 3,500 to 5,000 visitors. It is one of the oldest and most successful arts and crafts festivals in Louisiana.

Economic Impact of Fall Tour of Homes on Natchitoches Tuesday, Dec 4 2012 

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

Northwestern (State University, Natchitoches, La.)  completed an economic impact study for the APHN (Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches) Fall Tour of Homes. Here are the results: They may shock you!

Using the average ticket price of $37.66; approximately 536 tickets were purchased for the Tour of Homes.
“New Money” is defined as money introduced into the community that would not be available to the area (over 30 miles). $27,278 of new money was spent (ticket sale not included). In other words, each visitor who came to Natchitoches only for Tour of Homes spent $357.82. The total money (people coming just for Fall Tour and people who would be in Natchitoches anyway) was $27,820.
The impact multiplier for Natchitoches is 2.8 which makes the economic impact of Fall Tour of Homes approximately $509,037.73.

One problem with this study is that ticket sales are roughly estimated and the data is self-reported. But These numbers shocked me just as much as they have shocked you. Fall Tour has an enormous impact on the local economy with 57% spent on food and lodging; hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants benefit most from the event.  What we discovered during this project is that primarily “new money” is generated. This is money that would not have been spent in Natchitoches without Fall Tour of Homes. We have a “tangible opportunity to increase the local economy,” and APHN is proud to have such an impact on the vitality of the community.

Adam Foreman

Executive Director APHN

APHN Newsletter 
December 2012 e-Calico Courier Issue 13

Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art Thursday, Sep 13 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Clementine Hunter admirer? You will want this book.

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

A Fabulous Fall Festival in Natchitoches, October 12, 13 and 14, 2012 Tuesday, Aug 21 2012 

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

NATCHITOCHES: Presented by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

58th Fall Pilgrimage Tour

October 12, 13 and 14, 2012

Candlelight Tour:          Friday, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Town Tour:                      Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Country Tour:                Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tickets and Information: 800-259-1714 or 318-581-8042

www.aphnatchitoches.net                                         info @melroseplantation.org

The Metoyer-Brown House on APHN Fall Tour

Francois Mignon: The Man Who Would Be French Monday, Aug 13 2012 

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

Francois Mignon: The Man Who Would Be French (Pictured with Clementine Hunter)

The Natchitoches preservation community frequently finds itself indebted to Kim (Publisher) and Terry (Editor) Isbel of The Old Natchitoches Parish Magazine and Mercantile Advertiser. Their edition No. 180 has an article by Oliver Ford, Fitchburg State College, entitled “Francois Mignon: the Man who would be French”. www.oldparishmag.com

Francois Mignon, gifted writer and long-time resident of Melrose Plantation, had numerous stories that circulated around him. Oliver Ford’s treatment of Mignon’s creating a new identity is gentle and non-judgemental. He quotes Mignon in a statement, that for me is both insightful and revealing:

“Ever so long ago I became convinced that God, for mere convenience, fitted us in patterns,-physically,  along lines of our progenitors, but gave us the recompense of finding souls of similar pattern to our own in any old place, and by no means tied to the blood kin from whence the body came but from whence the soul did not”.

Obviously this remarkable person born as Frank VerNooy Mineah on May 9, 1899, in Cortland, New York, to Walter Fish Mineah and Mary Ella Mineah (nee Howland) preferred to be “French”. His achievements were those of Francois Mignon rather than of Frank VerNooy Minrah, the name he was given at birth.

Oliver Ford writes: “How much of the Mignon persona he created,how much he simply did not deny when others embellished it, and how much simply attached to him by the usual rumors about public personalities probably never will be determined”.

This is a fascinating story, told well and with insight by Oliver Ford. You would do well to get a copy of the Old Natchitoches Parish Magazine (No. 180) and read it. Even better would be a subscription to the magazine.

Fire Breaks Out in Natchitoches and Breaks Hearts of Many Residents Sunday, Jun 24 2012 

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

We all lost a dear member of our preservation family this past week in Natchitoches, Louisiana. When fire broke out, it broke the hearts of all of us who love this city. These structures are more than just “houses”. They house memories of people, families, friends and stories. We will have memories of the fire but moreover there are those memories that the fire could not touch. That is the secret of the preservation community in Natchitoches. There lies within us that which is lovely, memorable, and untouchable by fire or decay. It is this legacy we seek to pass to future generations.Those of us who are members of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches have not forgotten the Kate Chopin House nor will the Levy-East House be swept from our memory.

Levy-East House , 320 Jefferson Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana

 A fire broke out early Tuesday at Natchitoches’ Levy-East Bed and Breakfast, gutting the historic structure.

It happened about 5:45 a.m.(June 19, 2012) and took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control. One firefighter suffered minor injuries. Authorities do not believe anyone was inside when the fire started and the blaze is under investigation.

The Levy-East house dates to the 1830s. Before the fire, the business was not operational. Some parts of the building that did not get damaged will be saved, officials said.

The building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Homes.

It was originally part of the area’s vast Jewish community in the 1800s. It was built by a doctor and was one story. Then it was purchased in 1891 by the Levy family, merchants who added a floor to the structure.

(Source Associated Press reported in Alexandria Town Talk)Brief History

The Levy-East House is a two-story structure with gabled roof and twin brick chimneys. The second story balcony is supported by four slender iron columns and encircled by iron lace of the same design as that of the old New Orleans Mint. From the front porch, an iron-grilled door leads to the century-old garden. The big magnolia tree in the side yard is said to be over a hundred years old. A large gingko tree stands at the back porch. Bayou Amulet, the ravine on the south side of the yard, was originally called Bayou a Muler’.

In the 1830′s, Trizzini and Soldini built the old house as an office and home for Dr. Nicholas Michel Friedelezy, a French Canadian. To the original one-story red brick structure, and upper story of wood was added before the Civil War. Court records show that the house, lot, and two slaves of the late Dr. Friedelezy were sold at auction Jan. 10, 1840, the house for $3700 to John A. DeBussy. From 1854 to 1891 the Tauzin family owned the home. In 1891, Leopold Levy and his wife Justine Dreyfus Levy purchased the house. Of their six children, four were born in this house.

(Source www.natchitoches.com)

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Imagine Reading a Book From an Enchanted Cottage Friday, May 18 2012 

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Bindery (Gift Shop) Melrose Plantation

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

Truth be told, it is not just the “Bindery” but the entire Melrose Plantation that is enchanted. A tour of discovery can be said to:

  • lead to a sense of wonder, charm and delight
  • cast a magical spell in a historical site that is full of stories that will captivate you
  • create a feeling of pleasure and great liking for something wonderful and unusual
  • fascinate you as you visit the setting of a dynamic artist’s colony where Clementine Hunter painted, Francois Mignon and Lyle Saxon wrote. (there are too many artists to mention all of them)

A good way to prepare for your journey of enchantment is: 

  • to read Lyle Saxon’s Children of Strangers. You will discover the plantation country of the lower Cane River (Louisiana) in this historical novel, the only novel Saxon ever wrote. The book is a work of fiction but describes a real community.

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Lyle Saxon’s historical Novel Children of Strangers available online from the Bindery at Melrose Plantation

Melrose Plantation Big House

Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival, April 21-22, 2012 Monday, Apr 23 2012 

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Shoppers at the Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival

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