Melrose Plantation is an Antebellum historic house museum located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. A National Historic Landmark, Melrose Plantation contains nine historic buildings including the African House, Yucca House, Weaving Cabin, Bindery and the Big House.
A collection of work by world famous African American folk artist Clementine Hunter is available for viewing, including her popular African House Murals.
The two-hundred year history of the beautiful Melrose Plantation includes the birth of a slave, Marie Therese Coincoin, and her ten Franco-African children with Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer became the legacy of the Isle Brevelle Creole Community. Also explore the impact of the American Civil War and reconstruction on Cane River and the survival of a southern plantation along with the establishment of the Melrose freedman school by Fanny Hertzog.
Explore the wonders of the early 20th Century Melrose artists' retreat founded by Carmelite Garrett Henry and follow the discovery of Clementine Hunter, one-time Melrose cook, as she emerged to become Louisiana’s most celebrated primitive artist.
Credit: Overview from museum website