In celebration of the Watermill Center summer benefit's two decades of history on Saturday night, Wilson staged an homage to Hunter, bringing to life the self-taught African American folk artist's body of work—but in a very Watermill way.
When Clementine Hunter, arguably the state’s most beloved artist, was born on Hidden Hill Plantation in the 1880s, slavery was an institution of living memory, and most African-Americans, including Clementine and her family, worked as field hands. In the artist’s case, she picked cotton at Melrose Plantation. It was there ...
Natchitoches, Louisiana's 59th annual Tour of Homes on October 11,12,13, 2013 promises to be the most exciting showcase of private historic homes and plantations in years providing visitors with a chance to be guided through the most elegant historic homes in Louisiana's Oldest Settlement. Download Tour of Homes brochure.
Melrose Plantation is an antebellum historic house museum located in Natchitoches Parish Louisiana.
Discover the two-hundred year history of beautiful Melrose Plantation. 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. Descendants of the Metoyer family live along Cane River today, a people proud of their heritage and culture.
Realize 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 as Louisiana’s most celebrated primitive artist.
A National Historic Landmark, Melrose Plantation contains nine historic buildings including 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.