In all of Louisiana, no other place as unique as the Cane River Country exists! Natchitoches offers many historic sites around the parish. You will find the most sites on the National Register of Places west of the Mississippi River and the only two bi-centennial farms west of the Mississippi are located in Natchitoches Parish. Sites include the area in and around the Cane River National Heritage Area. This heritage area, established by Congress in 1994, is a largely rural, agricultural landscape known for both its historic Creole-style plantations and structures and its unique people and culture.

There are three plantation sites open for tours including Oakland Plantation, Melrose Plantation and Magnolia Plantation Complex.

The main house of Magnolia Plantation is private and is no longer open for tours. The Kate Chopin Home in Cloutierville burned in September 2008.

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