National Park Service celebrates 107th birthday

The Cane River region has a rich tradition of community celebrations and gatherings. Cane River Creole National Historical Park invites you to our celebration of the 107th birthday of the National Park Service on Saturday, August 26 at Oakland Plantation. There will be games and activities for children of all ages at the park’s first field day!  

“America’s national parks have something for everyone,” said Interpretation and Education Manager Barbara Justice. “Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened.”

This FREE event will be held at Oakland Plantation from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for weather and walking conditions. Pack a picnic lunch and drinks and enjoy a picnic at the covered pavilion or outdoor picnic tables. Volunteers are needed to assist with games and activities! Oakland Plantation is located at 4386 Highway 494, Natchez, Louisiana. For more information or to volunteer call 318-352-0383 ext. 316.

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 tours on the NPS App. 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, find us on Facebook at or call the park at 318-352-0383, ext. 316.