A peek inside: Clementine Hunter, Where it all began


Have you gotten your tickets for the 64th Annual Natchitoches Fall Pilgrimage? The tours are Friday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 14 and includes the Candlelight Tour, the Town Tour and the Cane River Country Tour. One of the sites on the Cane River Country Tour is the Melrose Plantation, now looking spic and span thanks to members of the APHN.

Chris Evans and Vicki Caldwell clean up the African ouse at Melrose. The building also houses murals shown on the tour
Anita Pierce and Virginia Crossno wipe windows in the Main House library

These members worked Monday, Oct. 8 sweeping floors and wiping windows in the main house and buildings surrounding it. Also on Monday, staff prepared the Clementine Hunter Cabin for its official ribbon cutting ceremony, which is Friday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. Most of the furniture was moved out and the walls will showcase informative panels that narrate Hunter’s work and life.

Panels like this will be featured in the Clementine Hunter cabin

Tickets for the Fall Tour of Homes is: One-Tour $25, Two-Tour is $40 and Three-Tour is $50. Children tickets (ages 6-12) have a $5 discount, free for those under 6. Tour any one house Saturday or Sunday for $15, $5 for children.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (318) 379-0055 or visit melroseplantation.org.

Cleaning the Main House library
Clementine Hunter’s art desk where she created many of her paintings