The Cane River National Heritage Area celebrates the shared history and blended traditions of the Natchitoches Indians and the French and Spanish settlers of the 18th and 19th centuries who called this region home.
This distinctive and enduring Creole legacy is evident in downtown Natchitoches. The 33-block National Historic Landmark District includes many well-preserved examples of Creole architecture.
Spend an afternoon strolling through the Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Visit forts, museums and seven national and three state historic sites. Tour Oakland Plantation, Magnolia Plantation, and Magnolia Manor House, among two dozen local properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Recreational options in the area include fishing, hiking, hunting, canoeing, and tours of the local fish hatchery and alligator farm.
A multicultural legacy, the Cane River National Heritage Area is a uniquely American experience.
If You Go:
The Badin-Roque House is one of only a few remaining homes in the United States that was built in the Creole “poteux en terre” style—a term meaning “post in the ground.”