August Ranger Programs
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?
Brick was an uncommonly expensive and durable substrate for a slave structure. Most slave houses were built of planks or logs and were extremely drafty. Magnolia’s brick cabins with wooden floors provided a level of comfort seldom found in slave dwellings.