NSU’s Cammie G. Henry Research Center was the scene of a well attended book signing for “Cherokee Plantation on the Cane River” Thursday December 12. The book traces the history of Cherokee Plantation, its restoration and the people associated with the home over the years. The plantation, scene of Louisiana’s last legal “affair of honor”, or duel, in 1839 between Generals Bossier and Gaiennie, has been only owned by two families since its construction in 1837, a remarkable continuity. The book is written by Thomas Whitehead and Diny Nolan Landen with photography by well known Lafayette photographer, Philip Gould. Ms. Landen is the great-great granddaughter of Rupert Calvert Murphy who purchased the plantation in 1891.
The plantation and grounds are a stop on the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches’ annual Fall Tour of Homes, held each year on the second weekend in October. “Cherokee Plantation on the Cane River”may be purchased at Georgia’s Gifts or the Melrose Plantation gift shop.