Melrose Tour Will Put A Smile On Your Face Tuesday, Jun 25 2013 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

It is delightful to be with happy people in a happy place.

Get together with:

  • your Sunday School Class or church group
  • your girl friend’s group
  • your family
  • your school group
  • your friends

Schedule a tour of Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Even if there is one “ole grouch” in your group, chances are he or she will have a change of attitude before your educational and enchanting tour of the French Creole Plantation concludes.

Enjoy refreshments in the Plantation Gift Shop while you browse for gifts or mementos of your visit.

Marvel at the impressive collection of works by the Louisiana artist Clementine Hunter, including the impressive mural depicting plantation li                       

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose

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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

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

 

45 Nights of Lights, Fireworks, Music and Tours in Natchitoches Wednesday, Nov 21 2012 

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

 

 

 

 

Bindery/ Bookstore Melrose Plantation

 

 

During the day, tour a French Creole Plantation, Melrose. that dates back to 1833. Dine and shop in the Historic Downtown District of Natchitoches.

When it gets dark, it is time for funnel cakes, gator on a stick, Natchitoches meat pies and of course the fireworks.

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 

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

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

APHN Announces New Dates for 2012 Arts and Crafts Festival at Melrose Plantation Saturday, Jan 14 2012 

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

The 2012 Arts and Crafts Festival, sponsored by The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches, promises to be the “coolest” and best-attended Festival at Melrose in years. The new dates are April 21 and 22, 2012 (Saturday and Sunday).

The Davidsons (Vanda and Sue) encourage prospective vendors to register online beginning January 15, 2012. {Click here}to go to the registration application.

The Davidsons invite you to experience a remarkable Arts and Crafts Festival in an  enchanting setting under the oaks of a French Creole Plantation (Melrose) at a beautiful season of the year. If you are not a vendor, come and bring your family. There will be items of interest for all ages and a large variety of good food and refreshing drinks. FUN FOR ALL.

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Both guests and vendors can take advantage of their visit to Melrose Plantation to take a tour of its historic buildings. (Pictured below is the newly restored Yucca House at Melrose).

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I Should Have Bought Two While I was At Melrose Tuesday, Oct 11 2011 

Chance Harvey Chats With "Lyle Saxon" At Melrose

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association For The Preservation Of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Sunday, October 9, 2011 was a remarkable day at Melrose Plantation (owned and operated by APHN). What made it a special day was the Fall Tour of Homes and delightful guests coming to revel in the sights and saga of this French Creole Plantation. Something extra was added however, or as we say in Louisiana there was laigniappe (something extra given to a customer).

The something extra was Chance Harvey, (click here for another post about Harvey)  author of “The Life and Selected Letters of Lyle Saxon”. What can I say about Chance, besides the fact she is a delightful person. Lets just deal with the problem first. How was I to know that I should have bought two copies of her book. She autographed our copy:

“for Barbara and Doyle-for the love of the Cane River Country, best,              Chance”.

The problem began when we both started the book and neither one of us wanted to share (very adult conduct). There are two book marks in the book. Here is where the problem lies:

  • the book is the first full biography of the legendary writer, Lyle Saxon, known as Mr. Louisiana and Mr. New Orleans. He spent years at Melrose Plantation in his solitary cabin.
  • Lyle Saxon was a writer of imminent skills, even though he demeaned his writing skills.  He could only be pleased that his biographer is a skilled communicator as well. Scholarly, well-researched and most readable, Chance breaks new ground and answer questions about Saxon I have not found elsewhere. (eg. where he was born).

I have always thought he looked sad in his photographs.   In speaking of his letters, Harvey writes that “they reveal the images of Saxon as a Southern  gentleman, genial host, and raconteur were self-created ones, designed to disguise his deep sense of alienation.”  

We will work out our little problem (buy another book, accede to my wife’s desire to read it first, or catch her sleeping and slink off with it).

Dr. Chance Harvey received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Millsaps, Duke, and Tulane respectively.

It is a good day when you can visit Melrose Plantation, make a new friend and discover a remarkable book.

The Life and Selected Letters of Lyle Saxon by Chance Harvey

Visit and tour Melrose Plantation and you can purchase the book at the gift shop. Unless you are single, you might want to get two copies.

MELROSE PLANTATION BIG HOUSE 1833

Melrose began life as The Louis Metoyer Plantation in 1796 and was named Melrose in 1884 when Joseph Henry bought the plantation. It is one of the first and is one of the best surviving examples of a Creole plantation built by former enslaved persons known as “free people of color.” There are out- buildings from the late 1700’s, one of which houses the 1955 murals painted by the internationally known African-American Folk Artist, Clementine Hunter, who lived and worked at Melrose.

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

                                                                                                                                             

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