Group dedicates educational pavilion at Briarwood


The Louisiana State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated an Educational Pavilion on the site of Caroline Dormon’s birthplace at Briarwood Friday, Oct. 26. This rustic structure will provide a place where visitors may sit and reflect on the accomplishments of Dormon.

Born at her family’s summer home at Briarwood July 19, 1888, Dormon went on to become a renowned author, artist, botanist and ethnologist, dedicating her life to the preservation of the native flora of Louisiana and the south. Through her dedication and perseverance, she brought about the establishment of Kisatchie National Forest.

“We can not thank the ladies of the Louisiana Daughters of the American Revolution enough for their contribution to honor the memory of Caroline Dormon. The pavilion is beautiful, fitting into the landscape perfectly, for which I give credit to Riley LaCaz of Natchitoches who built the structure,” said Rick Johnson, curator of Briarwood, the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve, on behalf of the Board of Directors.

Visitors of Briarwood can learn more about Caroline Dormon and her contribution to Louisiana through the preserve website at The preserve is open for tours in March, April, May, October and November, Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon – 5 p.m. Weekday and off-season tours are available at (318) 576-3379.