Cane River Creole National Historical Park is pleased to announce that Oakland Plantation and Magnolia Plantation will reopen to the public on Wednesday, October 14, following a short closure due to Hurricane Delta.
Park damage from Hurricane Delta was minimal with downed limbs, minor roof damage, and minor building damage.
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 also increasing recreational access by opening the Oakland Plantation Main House for self-guided tours on weekends.
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 Saturday, October 17, 2020, Cane River Creole National Historical Park will reopen access to the following buildings on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with limited occupancy.
Oakland Plantation Main House
In addition, the following spaces continue to be available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.:
Oakland Plantation Grounds
Magnolia Plantation Grounds
Visitor Parking Lots
Oakland Plantation Overseer’s House
Oakland Plantation North Slave/Tenant Cabin
Oakland Plantation Cook’s Cabin
Magnolia Plantation Blacksmith Shop
Magnolia Plantation Overseer’s House
Magnolia Plantation Slave/Tenant Cabin
Magnolia Plantation Gin Barn
Visitor Restrooms at the Oakland Plantation Entrance Pavilion
Visitor Restrooms at the Magnolia Plantation Store
Outdoor Visitor Services Tent at Oakland Plantation with Cooperating Association Bookstore
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
Oakland Plantation Store
Magnolia Plantation Store
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 continues to be centered on examining each facility function and service to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and are regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean.
A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC and state and local guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website www.nps.gov/cari.