See What You Have Been Missing Saturday, Feb 2 2013 

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

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) holds strongly to a vision and not just  meeting as an organization. It’s stewardship is a commitment to keeping a heritage and culture alive for present visitors and future generations.

Begun in 1941 and chartered as a non-profit organization in 1944, theAPHN 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 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays)  guided tours of Melrose Plantation, which include the Big House and the African House.

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:

 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 

MELROSE PLANTATION BIG HOUSE 1833

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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

A CHRISTMAS PACKAGE
 
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
Biography
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
                  AND

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)

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE BOOKS AND GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT MELROSE TOURS

 

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

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.

I want a copy!{click here}

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

Where Did You Get That Framed Fluer de Lis? Tuesday, Apr 10 2012 

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

Recently a friend asked us “Where did you get that Fluer de Lis ? Our answer “The Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival”. For some time we had been looking for something to go on our mantel during the winter when there are fires in the fireplace and to cover the firebox during the summer. We found just what we were looking for at a reasonable price at the Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival. Maybe you too will find that “something special”. We hope to see you there. Bring the entire family. There is something for everyone.

NEW DATE
Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival
April 21 – 22
The annual arts and crafts festival held on the grounds of Melrose Plantation has a new a cooler date! Now in April, the festival will showcases the work of more than 150 artists and craftsmen. This is a juried arts and crafts festival. Admission is $5 for the Festival with an additional $5 to tour the Main House and African House of the plantation. For more information, call (318) 379-0055 or visit www.aphnatchitoches.net.

This is how we use our picture in the winter season with warm fires. In the summer it moves “south” to hide the firebox.

Fluer for winter useFluer summer time use

A Servant Girl Who Became a Famous Artist Wednesday, Apr 4 2012 

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

Clementine Hunter  (pronounced Clementeen)

Possibly Louisiana’s most famous artist, Clementine Hunter, was born in 1886 at Hidden Hill Plantation. At the age of fifteen, Clementine and her father moved to the financially successful Melrose Plantation. Melrose had been acquired in 1898 by John and Carmelite (“Miss Cammie”) Henry. Miss Cammie turned Melrose into an artist colony that was a haven where artists and writers came to live and work. Clementine worked in the cotton fields and the pecan orchards.  When she was middle-aged, Miss Cammie brought Clementine into the Big House to cook and clean. Here she met a New Orleans artist, Alberta Kinsey, who inspired Clementine to paint. With no formal training, she produced colorful and from memory paintings. She depicted every day life on Melrose Plantation. In 1939, Francois Mignon arrived at Melrose.  Mignon  began a life-long encouragement and promotion of Clementine Hunter. Today the story of the servant girl who became a famous artist is known around the world.

Clementines’ paintings are:

  • recognized as a narrative of plantation life during the time before grueling labor in the fields was replaced by mechanization. 
  • considered the works of one the most important self-taught American artists of the 20th century.
  • shown at the Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of American Folk Art and countless other museums and private collections around the world.

Clementine Hunter died on January 1, 1988 at the age of 101


Recognitions:

  • She was the first African-American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Delgado Museum (now the New Orleans Museum of Art)  achieved a significant amount of success during her lifetime, including 
  • an invitation to the White House from U.S. President Jimmy Carter (which she declined).
  • Radcliffe College included Hunter in its “Black Women Oral History Project, published in 1980.
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana granted her an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1986.
One of the more well-known displays of Hunter’s artwork is located in a storage building called “African House” on the grounds of Melrose Plantation. (African House is often referred to as slave quarters, however the building was built for, and always used for storage.) The walls are covered in a mural Hunter painted.
Visit Melrose Plantation and see examples of Clementine’s art, including the murals in the African House.

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose

Melrose Plantation Big House

Please take note of change in Melrose Festival dates for 2012.

Sat. April 21 and Sun. April 22, 2012.

Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival Vendor Information. 

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 12pm-4pm (closed on Mondays)  guided tours of Melrose Plantation, which includes the Big House, Yucca House and the African House. 

     Customer Service Information:
                                       email: info@aphnatchitoches.net
Phone: 318-379-0055

Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish Sunday, Apr 1 2012 

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

NATCHITOCHES, LA – The 38th Annual Melrose Plantation Arts & Crafts Festival will be presented Saturday and Sunday, April 21 & 22, 2012.

Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival

Artists and craftsmen from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and as far as New Mexico and Illinois will be displaying handcrafted work on the beautiful grounds of historic Melrose plantation, located 18 miles south of Natchitoches. The festival is one of the largest arts & crafts shows held in Louisiana. Painting, drawing, whimsical portraiture, photography, unique pottery, clothing, furniture, candles and fragrances, whistles, clocks and pens, preserves and relishes, as well as objects made for home and garden of metal, wood, cloth, wire and  glass, meat pies and other regional foods will be available.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12 years of age. In addition to the festival, guided tours of the Main House and African House will be available for $5.00.

Melrose plantation is a unique complex designated as a National Historic Landmark. The original colonial residence, Yucca House, was built in 1796. The Big House was for many years the residence of Cammie Henry who offered accommodations and a working environment for artists and writers.

Vendor applications are still being accepted. Vendor inquiries call Susan Davidson at (318) 379-0800 or email carriedavidson@hughes.net.  Applications are also available online at http://www.aphnatchitoches.net/. The event is sponsored by The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches.

 

Gift Shop/ Bindery

New Hours At Melrose Give You More FlexibilityTo Plan Your Fun Excursion Friday, Mar 2 2012 

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

Melrose Plantation

New Hours of Operation Starting March 1, 2012

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.

Gift Shop/ Bindery

Admission Prices:

GUIDED HOUSE TOUR

 Adults (18-64) $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: $8.00

*Student Group: $5.00

*(Now includes University students)

For more information regarding year-round tours please call: 318-379-0055.
(Bus tours by reservation only)

Plan a Tour of the Melrose Historic Home and Out-Buildings of the Metoyer “Gens de Colour Libre”.
*See
Miss Cammie Henry’s collection of hand woven pieces.
*Visit
the Clementine Hunter Murals in the African House.
*Enjoy
the lovely Gardens
‘Take photos at the almost 400 year old Live Oak Tree. 
‘Shop in the Book Store Bindery for books and gift items.

OUR PAST IS A WONDER-FILLED PRESENT FOR YOU Thursday, Feb 16 2012 

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Bindery/ Giftshop at Melrose Plantation

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

Our preservation of Melrose Plantation and its stories is to make it available to you as a wonder-filled present. Make your plans today for you and your group to visit Melrose Plantation. There is no history more intriguing and no time like the present  for a delightful excursion

Plan a Tour of the Melrose Historic Home and Out-Buildings of the Metoyer “Gens de Colour Libre”.
                     See
Miss Cammie Henry’s collection of hand woven pieces.  Visit the Clementine Hunter Murals in the African  House. Enjoy the lovely Gardens Take photos at the almost 400 year old Live Oak Tree. Shop in the Book Store Bindery for books and gift items.

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

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