43rd ANNUAL MELROSE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Historic Melrose Plantation, in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
The 43rd Annual Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival is slated for April 22 – 23 on the grounds of Melrose Plantation. The festival attracts thousands of visitors each year and approximately 100 vendors.
The festival opens Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children ages 6 – 12. Guests may also opt to tour the main plantation house, called “the Big House,” and the Yucca House and the African House for an additional $5.00 ticket. Viewing of the other historic buildings and self guided tours of the grounds, which feature centuries old live oak trees is included with the entry fee. Additional information about the festival, the history of Melrose and other information may be found at the web site: www.melroseplantation.org.
Vendors come each year from several states showcasing and selling their hand created works which include stained glass, gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing, photography, plants, toys, woodworking products, pottery and other arts and crafts. Located in southern Natchitoches Parish at 3533 Highway 119, Melrose, LA 71452, approximately 17 miles south of the City of Natchitoches.
The property features nine historic structures dating back to the early 1800’s. African House, which was totally rehabilitated in 2016, has received the honor of being named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The house contains several murals painted by the renowned primitive artist Clementine Hunter. Hunter originally worked as a field hand at Melrose, then as house keeper and finally as a cook at the plantation. She was a self-taught artist who began painting using paints and brushes that were discarded by an artist in residence. Many of her paintings are also on display in the plantation “big house.”
Melrose Plantation is maintained by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. It has a fascinating history dating to 1796. Guests will enjoy visiting the over 200 year old property and inspecting the many modern day creations of various vendors.
The Southeast Tourism Society has recently named the Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival as a top 20 event in Southeast USA for April 2017.
For more about Natchitoches Parish, visit www.Natchitoches.com.