Children can build cigar box guitars at Oakland Plantation


Hey kids! Have you ever wanted to build a musical instrument? The Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CRNHP) will host a free cigar box guitar workshop at Oakland Plantation for children ages 8-12 from 10a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Professional musician and Natchitoches native Mike Snowden will be the guest for this event.

“Cane River Creole National Historical Park is pleased to welcome Mike Snowden for this free cigar box guitar workshop and concert,” said Chief of Interpretation Barbara Justice. “For children planning to participate, Snowden promises that ‘no previous musical experience is required. It will be a fun day. Cigar box guitars are super easy to play. You can pick one up and play a song the first day’.”

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This workshop is from 10 a.m. – noon and limited to 20 participants. Snowden will perform on his personal cigar box guitars from noon – 1 p.m. All supplies will be provided, however registration is required. To sign up, call 318-352-0383 x316. Oakland Plantation is located at 4386 Highway 494, Natchez.

The grounds of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open daily from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nearly 80 original buildings remain, many open for self-guided tours including several that are historically furnished. The park also offers a cell phone tour. Park staff conducts daily tours of the plantation grounds and historically furnished rooms in the Oakland Main House. The Magnolia Main House is privately owned and is not open to the public. For more information, visit the park’s website at, find us on Facebook at or call the park at 318-352-0383, x316.