Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

Upcoming Events

 APHN Membership Appreciation Social

Cheers to us! To show appreciation for our membership, APHN is having an open house on Thursday, October 5th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Lemee House, 310 Rue Jefferson, Natchitoches. Join us to sip, socialize, and support APHN’s efforts.

The first of October is designated as Clementine Hunter Day in Louisiana. To recognize this distinction, we will spotlight Clementine and her importance to Melrose, the Cane River community, and all of Natchitoches at this event.

All APHN members and all others interested in APHN and its preservation efforts are welcome. Door prizes will be given, and APHN & Melrose merchandise from the Bindery will be available for purchase.

Candlelight on the Cane – October 13th

 Tour with a Twist – Candlelight on the Cane offers a distinctively Natchitoches experience. Take a

progressive guided journey through our Downtown Historic District, which includes a cruise along

picturesque Cane River Lake and the Rue Beauport Riverfront on the Cane River Queen Riverboat. Enjoy

entertainment, history, and specialty beverages at each site. Learn about the life and works of

Clementine Hunter, celebrate the 35th anniversary of the filming of Steel Magnolias, and more. Join us

for a full evening of history and cultural treasures that ends with a complimentary Wine & Cheese


Ticket price: $40

Ticket price includes:

  • Docent-led tour of three (3) historical properties
  • 30-minute cruise on the Cane River Queen
  • Complimentary specialty beverages and hors d’oeuvres at each venue
  • Complimentary Wine & Cheese reception
  • Admission to Melrose Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14th or Sunday, October 15th

The tour begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Guides will lead ticket holders to each venue site. The tour will

take approximately 2 hours and will be followed by a Wine & Cheese reception. Some walking is

involved – so wear your comfortable shoes! Guides, detailed maps, and parking information will be



 Lemee House

310 Rue Jefferson

Think pink! The Lemee House, home to the Association to the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

(APHN), was featured prominently as the home of Ouiser Boudreaux, neighbor to Shelby and M’Lynn in

the movie Steel Magnolias. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the filming of this movie classic, join several iconic characters for photo ops, and enjoy “Blush & Bashful” beverages, bleeding armadillo cake, and other tasty bites.

 Cunningham Law Office

550 Second Street

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation Headquarters, also known as the historic Cunningham Law Office,

boasts a collection of rare Clementine Hunter paintings. Learn about her life and work from experts and

mentors as you enjoy specialty “Clementine” beverages and uniquely Natchitoches treats.

Delta Queen Riverboat

Rue Beauport Riverfront

Sit back and relax and enjoy a Cane River beverage as Captain Paul Powell gives a river tour that includes

Fort St. Jean Baptiste and the scenic Rue Beauport Riverfront.

Jefferson Street Townhouse

230 Rue Jefferson

Affluent planters on Cane River kept elegant houses in town so they could attend social events. The

Jefferson Street Townhouse is an architectural gem that features an expansive front veranda and is filled

with antiques and fine décor. Gather in the parlor to hear stories about Natchitoches in the 1800’s as

the bustling river port and crossroads that gave rise to the cotton kingdoms along Cane River.

Afterwards, be our guest around the pool for wine, cheese, and hor d’oeuvres.

Tickets for Candlelight on the Cane can be purchased at:

 Melrose Fall Festival: A Weekend of Artistry, Shopping, and Family Fun

Prepare to be swept away by a celebration of creativity, craftsmanship, and community spirit at the upcoming Melrose Fall Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 14th (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 15th (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) at the picturesque Melrose on the Cane venue. This two-day extravaganza promises an unparalleled experience for attendees of all ages.

Artisan Showcase: With an impressive array of over 50 vendors, the Melrose Fall Festival is a haven for art enthusiasts and connoisseurs of hand-crafted excellence. Attendees will have the chance to explore a captivating assortment of hand-crafted items, including: exquisite artwork, enchanting candles, delectable jams, elegant jewelry, seasonal décor that reflects the spirit of the fall, and even charming outdoor furniture. This gathering is a prime opportunity to initiate your holiday shopping in a remarkable fashion, with each vendor showcasing their unique talent and offering a diverse selection.

Culinary Delights: The festival is more than just an art showcase – it’s a culinary journey. Local food vendors will be on hand, ready to satisfy your cravings with an enticing array of dishes that span various cuisines. From savory to sweet, these vendors will cater to every palate, making the Melrose Fall Festival an immersive experience for all senses.

Capture Memories: In the age of social media, capturing moments has become an art in itself. The festival features a stunning photo backdrop that is sure to make every snapshot a cherished memory. It’s the perfect opportunity to snap pictures against the backdrop of this enchanting event.

Home Tours and More: For those intrigued by history and architectural beauty, guided home tours (available with separate admission) offer a glimpse into the rich heritage of Melrose on the Cane. The festival also ensures that families with children are in for a treat, featuring a portable playground and a range of engaging kids’ activities that promise endless joy and laughter.

Ticket Information: To ensure a seamless experience, it’s recommended to secure your tickets early. Tickets can be pre-purchased at Be part of this extraordinary event that promises to be a highlight of the fall season.

Moonlight Over Melrose

A Spooktacular Halloween Extravaganza at Melrose On The Cane

Get ready for a bewitching evening of family-friendly fun as Melrose On The Cane presents “Moonlight Over Melrose,” a Halloween extravaganza set to take place on October 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This enchanting event promises an array of thrilling activities and entertainment for all ages, making it the ultimate destination for Halloween enthusiasts.

Ghoulish Games and Witches’ Dance: Prepare to be captivated by a night of games and entertainment that will leave you spellbound. From classic carnival games to spine-tingling activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And don’t miss the mesmerizing witches’ dance performance that will have you dancing along with the mystical rhythm of the night.

Dance the Night Away: For those who love to boogie, a lively dance area awaits you. Put on your dancing shoes and groove to the spooky beats spun by our talented DJ. Whether you’re a fan of the monster mash or the ghostly cha-cha, the dance floor is your playground.

Jeepers Creepers Trunk-Or-Treat Lane: Explore the eerie wonders of the Jeepers Creepers Trunk-Or-Treat Lane, where a fleet of creatively decorated vehicles will distribute treats to eager trick-or-treaters. Show off your costumes and collect delicious goodies from the trunks of the most spooktacular cars.

Tour the Big House: Unearth the history and mystery of the Big House as you embark on guided tours through its historic corridors. Learn about the rich stories that have shaped Melrose On The Cane.

Delicious Delights by APHN: No Halloween event is complete without tantalizing treats, and the hauntingly good cooks from the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) have you covered. Indulge in a variety of delectable food items that are sure to satisfy your cravings. From savory to sweet, there’s a taste sensation for every palate.

Dress in Your Finest Halloween Attire: Don your most creative and family-friendly Halloween costume. Whether you choose to be a charming witch, a daring superhero, or a mystical creature, the costume contest is your time to shine.

Don’t Forget Your Candy Bag: With a night full of treats and treasures, be sure to bring a bag to collect all the candy and goodies you’ll receive throughout the evening.

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Ages 3 – 17: $10

Ages 18 and up: $5

About Melrose On The Cane:

Melrose On The Cane is a historic venue renowned for its scenic beauty and captivating events. Located in Melrose, Louisiana it offers a unique blend of history, culture, and entertainment that appeals to visitors of all ages.