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Louisiana's Cane River National
Develops National Register Tour Itinerary
The National Register of Historic Places and Cane River National Heritage Area Commission have launched of the latest National Register travel itinerary featuring Louisiana’s Cane River National Heritage Area. The itinerary is currently the main feature on the National Register homepage http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr and highlights 32 places listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Cane River National Heritage Area is located in northwestern Louisiana and is a largely rural, agricultural landscape along 35 miles of the Cane River--at the heart of which is the town of Natchitoches. The region is known for its historic plantations, its distinctive Creole architecture and it multi-cultural legacy. Historically this region lay at the intersection of French and Spanish realms in the New World. The city of Natchitoches, at the heart of the region, is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.
While much of the roughly 116,000-acre national heritage area is privately owned, many sites are open to the public. Places such as Oakland and Melrose Plantations depict life on large plantations. The history of French Creole architecture is reflected in such places as the Badin-Roque House, the Prudhomme-Rouquier House and the Roque House. The U.S. presence is reflected at Fort Jesup, which guarded the American frontier with Spanish Texas. African-American history is reflected in a number of sites including the St. Matthews High School. Today the Cane River region is home to a unique blend of cultures, including French, Spanish, African, American, American Indian and Creole American.
The travel itinerary was developed in partnership with the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Cane River National Heritage Area is the 43rd National Register travel itinerary successfully created through such partnerships.
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