• Courtesy of Charles Ward

    Cane River Creole

    National Historical Park Louisiana

August Ranger Programs

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Date: July 27, 2012
Contact: Nathan Hatfield, 318 356-8441

There's still time to enjoy Cane River Creole NHP's summer ranger programs. Along with programs about the Louisiana Bicentennial, music, and food ways; the park is proud to announce the premier of "Race, The Red River Campaign, and the Promises of Reconstruction". This program was developed by park intern Simone Sanders. Simone's program highlights the impact of the Civil War on Cane River's enslaved population. Simone will be presenting her program on August 2 and 3 at the Magnolia Plantation Overseer's house at 3pm. Her program will be preceded by a special Civil War themed ranger guided tour of the Magnolia grounds at 2pm. The full program schedule is as follows:

Natchitoches & Louisiana at 200 Years August- 4 & 11

In honor of Louisiana's bicentennial, join a ranger for a look back at two centuries of state history. This 30 minute presentation begins at the Magnolia Overseer's house at 2pm.

The Blacksmith: An Archaeologist's Perspective- July 29 & August 5

Learn how artifacts can help us understand the role of a plantation blacksmith. This 20 minute presentation begins at the Magnolia Blacksmith Shop at 2:30pm.

Food Ways and Music: The Essence of Louisiana- July 29, August 4, 5, & 11

Join rangers for a discussion on Creole recipes and cooking techniques followed by a look back at how modern music has been shaped by African roots and plantation culture. This 30 minute presentation begins at the Oakland Store at 2pm.

The "Battle" of Cloutierville & the Red River Campaign- August 2, 3, & 9

Join a Ranger for a walking tour of Magnolia Plantation and learn about the impact of the Civil War on the Cane River Region. This one hour presentation begins at the Magnolia Store at 2pm.

Oakland Plantation Grounds Tour- August 2 & 3

Join a ranger for a walking tour of the outbuildings of Oakland, one of the most intact Creole Plantations in the United States. This hour tour begins at the entrance pavilion at 10am.

Race, the Red River Campaign, & the Promises of Reconstruction August 2 & 3

Join a ranger for a discussion on the impact of the Civil War on Cane River's enslaved population. The 30 minute presentation will begin at the Magnolia Overseer's house at 3pm.

Did You Know?

Overseer's House

An overseer was responsible for management of the plantation’s laborers, stock, land, and tools. The overseer's residence at Oakland was constructed in 1861 by enslaved labor for an overseer named Seneca Pace. Pace kept a daily journal of work and weather at Oakland.