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Louisiana has the most colorful history of any state and of many countries. Beginning long before the Louisiana Purchase, our state took shape in prehistoric times. We have had a past of many battles, on the battlefield and in the political arena. Louisiana's architecture is a lasting impression of French and Spanish rule. Today, there are many reminders of the past in our museums, plantations, historic sites and attractions.
The town of Melrose is located in Natchitoches Parish. It is home to National Historic Landmark Melrose Plantation, a.k.a. Yucca Plantation. The Cane River Creole National Park and Heritage Area encompasses Melrose.