Cane River Creole National Historical Park increases Recreational Access to Historic Buildings

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Cane River Creole National Historical Park is increasing recreational access to additional historic buildings at the park. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning Friday, July 31, 2020, Cane River Creole National Historical Park will reopen access to the following historic buildings, with limited occupancy.

Oakland Plantation Overseer’s House
Oakland Plantation North Slave/Tenant Cabin
Magnolia Plantation Blacksmith Shop
Magnolia Plantation Overseer’s House
Magnolia Plantation Slave/Tenant Cabin
Magnolia Plantation Gin Barn
In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:

Oakland Plantation Grounds
Magnolia Plantation Grounds
Visitor Parking Lots
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

Oakland Plantation Store
Oakland Plantation Main House
Magnolia Plantation Store
All public restrooms

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Cane River Creole National Historical Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The NPS will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.