Book on historic Cherokee Plantation released

Cherokee Plantation on the Cane River book cover

Authors to attend release party Thursday at NSU

Cherokee Plantation on the Cane River will be released in Natchitoches Thursday, Dec. 12 between 4-6 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Cammie Henry Archives at Northwestern State University. Published by the Cherokee Plantation Foundation, the 136-page book documents the history of the Natchitoches home, and the Prudhomme and Murphy families and their descendants who have called Cherokee home since 1837.

The book gives not only historical facts and dates, but anecdotal stories and family tales that personalize the history, adding faces to the names. Co-authors Diny Nolan Landen, the granddaughter of Theodosia Nolan, and Tom Whitehead from Natchitoches, assembled the documentation and historic images for the publication.

A page from the book.

The authors will be in attendance at the elease to sign books and talk about the history of Cherokee and the process of writing the book. Commissioned photos were shot by Louisiana photographer, Philip Gould. Sources included newspaper accounts of the last legal duel with rifles fought at the plantation.

Historical documentation of Cherokee is part of the text and a room by room tour of the National Register site gives readers a personal tour of the property. Social events and guests who have visited over the years are described, and the favorite mint julep recipe is shared. The hardback book will be available for purchase at $35 a copy.

After the release, the book will be available for purchase at the Melrose Plantation Gift Shop and Georgia’s Gift Shop.