My expectations of this site visit to Magnolia Plantation stem from discussions with Dustin Fuqua at the curation facility and the following websites:

We will be visiting the Magnolia Plantation at  5487 Highway 119 Natchez, LA (near Derry) in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. It is owned by the National Parks Service and part of the Cane River Creole National Heritage Park.  To get there, follow these directions from the National Parks Service. If you need to contact the facility, call (318) 379-2221.

DO NOT CONFUSE it with the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens of Charleston, SC ( or the Private wedding hall in the New Orleans area (, the one on the Mississippi Gulf Coast ( or the plantation or condo development in Florida or any other Magnolia Plantation elsewhere.

Dustin Fuqua will lead our exploration of the site, which is a unit of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Based on the information available, I expect an interpretation of colonization, paid and unpaid work, architecture, artifacts and other material culture heavily skewed toward Cane River “creolization.” That is, an explanation of how cross-cultural influences produced a new synthetic local culture.  Jeff Guin of NPN and NCPTT will meet us to facilitate the completion of our podcast and video projects.

Finding information about “our” Magnolia was not difficult, but actually much harder than expected.  A simple search for Magnolia Plantation yields poor results.  Cane River National Historical Park and Cane River Creole yield good results. Magnolia Plantation + Cane River yields better results for the general public.  I found over 100 links, perhaps half of academic nature using Magnolia + CARI.

Interestingly, both Magnolia Plantation (CARI) and the Magnolia in SC pose a number of interesting questions regarding period of significance. In “our” Magnolia, I believe  the site is interpreted to “late plantation use,” perhaps the 1960s, which can encompass the entire working history of the site.  The site in Charleston restored five slave cabins to different periods of significance: