Park Announces Upcoming Lantern Walk at Oakland Plantation

Cane River Creole National Historical Park will host an evening lantern walk of the grounds of Oakland Plantation on December 19, 2020. Join us for this rare opportunity to visit the plantation site at night. This guided walking tour lead participants on an after-dark experience of the plantation grounds.

“Oakland Plantation in the evening is quite an experience,” said Chief of Interpretation Barbara Justice. “We are pleased to offer the opportunity to explore the park by lantern light and to provide a special way for our community to connect to its past.”

Each participant carries a lantern as a park ranger guides the group on an outdoor walking tour of the grounds of historic Oakland Plantation. Visitors will learn about significant people and events in Oakland Plantation’s history. This FREE tour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and last approximately 75 minutes.

The tour is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. To sign up call 318-352-0383 x316. The tour is entirely outdoors and will occur rain or shine. The tour will cover about a half mile over some uneven and unpaved ground. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for weather and walking conditions. Oakland Plantation is located at 4386 Highway 494, Natchez, Louisiana.

The grounds of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nearly 80 original buildings remain, many open for self-guided tours including several that are historically furnished from Wednesday through Sunday. Park staff conducts tours of the plantation grounds daily Wednesday through Sunday. In addition, the park offers a cell phone tour. The Oakland Main House is open for self-guided tours from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Magnolia Main House is privately owned and is not open to the public. For more information, please visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/cari, find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/canerivercreoleNPS or call the park at 318-352-0383, ext. 316.