Spring Picnic celebrates Briarwood’s addition to National Register of Historic Places

Spring Picnic

Briarwood Nature Preserve, a 200-acre nature conservatory located in the northern sand hills of Natchitoches Parish will celebrate a momentous occasion at its Spring Picnic Saturday, April 1. The preserve, which was developed by noted naturalist, botanist and author Caroline Dormon, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The nomination was drafted by Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. staff in coordination with the members of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve. The National Register nomination of Briarwood was approved by the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Officer and recommended to the National Park Service for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

Caroline Dormon made monumental contributions to the conservation of Louisiana’s natural and cultural resources. Her passion for native plants and old-growth forests, coupled with a strong feeling of kinship with Native Americans, shaped Dormon’s life and work. In the 1920s and 1930s, she was instrumental in persuading the US Forest Service to establish a national forest, now known as Kisatchie National Forest.

“Dormon was a passionate advocate for our most precious heritage resources and it is fitting that her home place, Briarwood receive this national distinction,” remarked, Cynthia Sutton, CEO, CRNHA, Inc.


10 am: General Registration, Tour Information and Coffee be sure to check in at the registration table to be eligible for door prizes and get the latest information.

10:30 am: Morning Walking and Golf Cart Tours Depart the Education Building *
Richard Johnson Protégé of Caroline Dormon book signing (limited quantities)

11:30 am – 2 pm: Music by the Back Porch Band in the Pavilion

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch is served in the Interpretive Center

1 pm: Official unveiling of our National Historic Place plaque by Phil Bogan with Louisiana Tourism Commission

1:30 pm: Door Prizes & Raffle (Raffle grand prize is an overnight stay at the Writers Cabin so be sure to buy your tickets at the registration for this rare opportunity)

2 pm: Afternoon Walking and Golf Cart Tours Depart the Interpretive Center *

Lunch is catered by Shavers of Shreveport and will consist of brisket, fried fish, coleslaw and other sides.

This year’s picnic will also feature a special book signing by Loice Kendrick-Lacy featuring her new Biography “Richard Johnson, Protege of Caroline Dormon”. Loice Kendrick-Lacy and Richard Johnson himself will be available to sign any copies purchased at the picnic.

Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling 318-576-3379, emailing briarwoodnp@gmail.com or online at