Rebel State Historic Site
Country and gospel music come together with Civil War commemoration at this west Louisiana museum.
Rebel State Historic Site was founded on the site where an unknown Confederate soldier is buried. According to local lore, Confederate soldiers were walking through this remote stretch of West Louisiana, when one of their troops was somehow separated from his unit. Union soldiers found and shot the man, and left him on the road where he died.
Soon afterward, the man’s body was found by a family that had spoken with him just before the incident. They buried him near the road, and in 1962, locals erected a marker at the spot and began to hold annual ceremonies that honor the unknown soldier.
Over the years, the site has also become a destination for country and gospel musicians and their fans. The folk music traditions of west Louisiana are strong, as you’ll discover when visiting the Louisiana Country Music Museum at Rebel State Historic Site. The museum contains exhibits describing the history and evolution of folk music in this region, and also features an impressive collection of country and folk music memorabilia.
Attractions near Rebel State Historic Site include numerous state parks and state historic sites, including Mansfield, Fort Jesup and Los Adaes state historic sites, plus North Toledo Bend state park. The historic town of Natchitoches, which is the oldest city in the Louisiana Purchase, is just a few miles away and serves as a great basecamp for your west Louisiana travels.
Open: By appointment only. Call 318-357-3176 to schedule a visit.
Entrance fee: $4 per person; free for seniors 62+ and children 3 and under.