Nightscapes: Lantern Tour of Oakland Plantation    

Cane River Creole National Historical Park will host an evening lantern walk of the grounds of Oakland Plantation on Friday, Nov. 17. Join us and see Oakland in a different light – by lanterns! A Park Guide will lead a tour around the historic grounds, and visitors will experience the sights and sounds of the plantation at night. If the skies are clear, a constellation talk will be included. 

“Oakland Plantation at night is quite an experience,” said Interpretation Manager Barbara Justice. “We are pleased to offer the opportunity to explore the grounds by lantern light and to provide a special way for the community to experience their park.” 

Each participant carries a lantern as park staff 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 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. 

Come experience your park after dark! The tour is limited to 15 participants and reservations are required. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your spot call 318-352-0383 x316. The tour is entirely outdoors and 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 near Natchez, about 10 miles south of Natchitoches, Louisiana, at 4386 Highway 494.   

The grounds of Oakland Plantation are open daily from 9 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 NPSApp. The Oakland Main House is open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Magnolia Plantation is closed to the public until further notice due to road repair work. 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.