A River and Its People
The Cane River region is home to a unique culture; the Creoles. The nearly three hundred year relationship between the Cane River Creoles and their homeland was shaped by the river. This relationship was tested by flood, drought, war, and numerous other obstacles. Luckily, their resilience and resourcefulness has allowed the Creole culture to endure and thrive.
African Mastery of a Strange Land
The skills and strengths of enslaved African-Americans are evident in the buildings they constructed on both Oakland and Magnolia Plantations.Read More
What Does it Mean to be Creole?
In colonial Louisiana the term “Creole” was used to indicate New World products derived from Old World stock, and could apply to people, architecture.Read More
Oakland Plantation and Magnolia Plantation Complex
The Prud'homme family began Bermuda, later Oakland in 1785. Magnolia traces its 1854 origin to the LeComte and later the Hertzog family.Read More
Oakland Plantation Main House Bottle Garden
French wine and other bottles dating to the 1800s border the flower beds at Oakland.Read More
Did You Know?
The layout of Magnolia's slave houses does not seem to facilitate the feeling of community. The fronts of most of the houses face the backs of other houses. Perhaps the owner placed a high priority on the look of solid uniformity achieved with the grid-like arrangement.