Country Fun Natchitoches Part II

I visited Melrose Plantation and had high expectations but was a little disappointed. There were a LOT of additions and changes to the property that made me feel I was experiencing a less than authentic plantation experience. The grounds are beautiful and located across from Cane River but I wish we’d toured the grounds only versus the entire plantation tour that was actually very boring.

 

Clementine Hunter – sharecropper turned artist lived in this home.

 

 

 

Can you imagine having to pick hundreds of pounds of cotton daily?

 

A caterpillar is in my shirt! Ouch! Hold up, the country ain’t fun!

 

Love the greenery & country peacefulness.

 

Yucca House or “African House” built between 1800- 1830

Country fun in Natchitoches – Part I

I love the country and maybe it’s because I’m a down home southern girl. Anyway, as much as I love the country I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t actually live in the country…I’m not ready for the 24/7 bored life. However, I did stumble upon some happiness in Natchitoches recently. 

I was drawn to this fence behind an old church…I mean it literally begged for me to touch & feel it…to know its story and ponder on the hands that built it.

 

St. Augustine church, founded in 1803 by people of color, is situated on an old country winding road across from Cane River.

 

Can you imagine the people in 19th-century attire gathering here to worship, celebrate weddings, baptismal’s and funerals?

 

The descendants of a freed slave woman, Marie Coincoin, and her French lover. Her descendants founded St. Augustine

 

Beautiful. Can you see the old cemetery behind the church? THIS is a country church! I will always have this picture to remind me of how full and happy my heart felt while wandering these grounds.

 

 

I’m drawn to OLD things including old cemeteries. It’s so peaceful as its residents Rest In Peace.

 

I drag him along on my “adventures” and he willingly puts up with the bugs, heat and my endless questions of gift shop attendants about the area.


Next up I’ll share pics from Melrose Plantation that was owned by a freed slave named Marie Therese Coincoin.