Cane River Fall Festivities: Astronomy Night


Cane River National Heritage Area and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park will host the Cane River Fall Festivities throughout the month of October. Magnolia Plantation located far from the light pollution of civilization is the ultimate place to learn about and enjoy the splendor of the night sky.

This free program will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. and is limited to 20 participants. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 318-352-0383 ext. 316. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. A Junior Ranger program for children will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Kids will earn their Junior Ranger Night Explorer patch. At 7 p.m., Professor Michael Scanlan of Northwestern State University will begin a short indoor program, which will be followed with outdoor observational instruction.

Dress for the weather and bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, bug spray and a flashlight. Binoculars or telescopes are optional. Magnolia Plantation is located at 5549 Highway 119, Derry/Cloutierville. Due to a road closure Magnolia Plantation can only be accessed from the southern end of Highway 119 via LA Highway 1.

The grounds of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nearly 80 original buildings remain, many open for self-guided tours including several that are historically furnished from Wednesday through Sunday. Park staff conducts tours of the plantation grounds daily Wednesday through Sunday. In addition, the park offers a cell phone tour. The Oakland Main House is open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Magnolia Main House is privately owned and is not open to the public. For more information, visit, Facebook at or call the park at 318-352-0383, ext. 316.