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Situated along the banks of Cane River Lake in Natchitoches, Louisiana, you will find a place where several cultures – American Indian, French, Spanish, American, African and Creole – came together to create a way of life dependent on the land, the river and one another.

Today, colonial forts, Creole plantations, historic landmarks, churches and cemeteries provide a special view into the past. This 116,000-acre area includes several sites that are open to the public: the Cane River National Historical Park units located at Oakland and Magnolia plantations, and Melrose Plantation.

The city of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, is the northern gateway to the heritage area and is famous for its downtown district.  

The people of Cane River continue the traditions handed down through generations that keep the unique cultures of this region alive. Special events are held throughout the year.

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