Tour Melrose Plantation, Meet Chance Harvey, Get Your Signed Copy of “The Life and Selected Letters of Lyle Saxon” Wednesday, Aug 31 2011 

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The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Make your Fall Tour of Homes Complete. Come to Melrose Plantation and meet Chance Harvey, author of The Life and Selected Letters of Lyle Saxon. Get your copy signed by the author.

Book Signing at Melrose Plantation   

On Sunday, October 9, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.mChance Harvey, who wrote the Foreword to the latest edition of Lyle Saxon’s Children of Strangers (1937) published this fall by Pelican, will be on hand to sign her work at the Bookstore of Melrose Plantation. Saxon’s novel, written when the author lived in Yucca House as a guest of Cammie Garrett Henry, vividly depicts the Louisiana Cane River plantation community in the early 1900s. Chance Harvey is the author of The Life and Selected Letters of Lyle Saxon (Pelican, 2003) and teaches in the English Department at Southeastern Louisiana University.

When you tour Melrose, remember to visit our Book Store and Gift Shop.

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 Fall and Christmas decorations.
*Shop
 in the Book Store Bindery for books and gift items.

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

MELROSE PLANTATION BIG HOUSE 1833
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Francois Mignon: Yucca In His Own Words (Part Two) Monday, Jul 4 2011 

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The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Francois Mignon

On June 22, 2011, I posted :Francois Mignon Describes Yucca, The Original Dwelling on Melrose Plantation.” With this post, you can read the continuation of his description:

"The bed in this room is a four poster, having once belonged to the family 
of Celine Rocque. Two features of it are its wool "tack" - a six inch thick 
mattress of wool, laid over the spring mattress. Another feature I like is the 
50 odd yards of curtaining, designed to keep out drafts.
 
The portraits in this room aren't, particularly interesting. They consist 
of Madame Laveau, negress, in 188o costume, her husband, painted a little 
more indifferently. Madame Laveau was the Voodoo Queen of New orleans in the last half of 
the nineteenth century.
Over the fireplace is a badlly retouched portrait of Grandpere Augustin's wife, 
familiarly ca1led "Coin-Coin" by her contemporaries. It dates from about 1836.
 
The hearth of the fireplace, on which the fire blazes, is an iron sheet, about three-quarters of an 
inch thick. It extends about a foot out into the room, flush with the floor. Not originally incorporated
in the fireplace, it was laid in its present position when the house was done over in the 20th century. 
It is a piece of iron plate, removed from the side of an iron clad boat, which the Yankees operated on the 
Red River, some five miles away, during the Civil War. Somehow the iron clad got stuck in the mud about 
the time the War ended, and it was abandoned,-to rot down. It was from this vessel that this iron plate was 
removed and put to its present usefulness. (Note General Bank's Red River Campaign of 1865).
 
The fender for this fireplace was found beneath the fireplace in the drawing room
of the Markoe housew, when that building was taken down a few years ago, say in the 1930's. How it
even got down under the fireplace,-into the ground-no one could ever explain. Markoe was the 
planter-partner of Robert McAlphin,the Simon Legree of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The McAlphin plantation-Hidden
Hill, I think it was called, was not far from the Markoe plantation,-on the west bank of the Cane River, 
south of Cloutierville some 8 or 10 miles.

Yucca. Melrose

Melrose Plantation In Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana Is A Happy Place To Visit Friday, Oct 15 2010 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

Sometimes a tour is not fun for the entire family. When you bring your family to Melrose Plantation, you will discover something for all ages to keep them engaged.

When you tour Melrose with your family, girlfriend group, church group, school group or club, you will find something for everyone:

  • the history buff: we’ve got you covered with almost 300 years of fascinating people, stories and traditions
  • the nature lover: magnificent spreading oak trees, pecan orchids,  greenery and the serpentine Lower Cane River Lake  bordered by fields of corn, cotton and soybeans.
  • creative women will be drawn into the stories of the strong women who lived and worked at Melrose Plantation. Reproductions of their paintings and copies of their books are available on site in the book store and online at the APHN website.
  • the artist: learn about the art colony that prospered for so many years at this French Creole Plantation.
  • the military devotee. the Cane River region holds the stories of French, and Spanish colonial  settlement, trade and sometimes conflict. The Red River campaign had a devasting effect on the area. General George Patton and the U. S. Army trained here for engagement in World War II.
  • the little “explorers” in your family will share in the adventure of the cultural journey when you visit Melrose

    African House, Melrose

     

     

    Melrose Big House, 1833

Visit the APHN website by clicking {here} for information to schedule your

FUN TOUR TO MELROSE

 

Yucca. Melrose

 

 

Melrose Plantation, 1833

Big House, Melrose Plantation

 

Yucca Plantation, Now Known As Melrose In Natchitoches, Louisiana Wednesday, Oct 13 2010 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for APHN

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

Melrose , a 200-year old cotton and pecan plantation located on the banks of the lower Cane River in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, was once known as the Yucca Plantation.  Tour the Melrose Plantation and see nine historic buildings.

The oldest of these is Yucca House, built between 1796 and 1814. This French Creole cottage served as the first big house for the plantation.

 

Yucca

 

A second building is the African House, which can be dated sometime between 1800 and 1830.  Some speculate that it was built to resemble traditional African homes. Others have concluded that its inspiration comes from French barns.

 

African House

 

The current Big House, which was completed in 1833 employed the use of bousillage (a mixture of mud, Spanish moss and deer hair). The building has been remodeled numerous times and has several additions, including two distinctive hexagonal towers, known as garçoniéres, flanking the front gallery for adolescent boys.

 

Melrose Plantation, 1833

Big House, Melrose Plantation

 

For more information click {here}

or Call (318) 379-0055

(Bus Tours by reservation only)

This Natchitoches Blog Is Only For Special People Friday, Oct 8 2010 

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

Before you get excited and clutter the “blogosphere” with invectives, let me speak clearly about the target audience for the Natchitoches 1714 Blog Site.

We are looking for a few good people (many actually) who:

  • have a deep love for Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
  • maintain an active interest in its history, tradition and culture
  • want to see the historic buildings, sites, ecosystem (a system formed by the interaction of organisms with their physical environment) and stories preserved.
  • attempt to promote cultural tourism, not as crass commercialism, but as a loving and gracious gesture to share the treasures that are here in Natchitoches with others as well as future generations.
  • recognize that we do not live in the past but the past lives in us. This leads us to a dynamic dialogue with others who love history, those who are descended from the early settlers of the original French Colonial Settlement in Natchitoches, other preservation groups and those of us who are late comers to this amazing community.
  • become members of APHN and strive to advance its mission.

Finally, let us know you are out there and that you have found us by doing one or all of the following:

  1. Select the LIKE button at the bottom of this post if you like what you see.
  2. Subscribe at the bottom of the page, put in your e-mail address and you will be informed when the Blog Site is updated.
  3. Make your comments about this post. Please leave a reply.

We want you to know you are special to us and invite you to come and join us in our mission at APHN.

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 guided tours of Melrose Plantation, which includes the Big House, Yucca House and the African House.

MELROSE PLANTATION BIG HOUSE 1833

Welcome To Natchitoches 1714’s Blog Site Thursday, Oct 7 2010 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for APHN

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 BIG HOUSE 1833

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.


FALL TOUR OF HOMES
October 8, 9 & 10

SCHEDULE

LEMEE HOUSE

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