Clementine Hunter African House
3533 Highway 119
Melrose, Louisiana 71452
Melrose Plantation is an Antebellum historic house museum located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.
Discover the two-hundred-year history of the 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.
Come 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 to become Louisiana’s most celebrated primitive artist.
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.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Open 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM / Close 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM