You are here
Briarwood is the ancestral home of Caroline Dorman, a world renowned botanist.
Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a cooperative agreement on Monday, November 9, 2015 to operate the Grand Ecore Visitor Center (GEVC) in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Under the new agreement, CRNHA will assist the Corps in daily operations and staffing of the Grand Ecore Visitor Center, create community outreach and educational programs, improve interpretive services, and enhance the marketing and heritage tourism initiatives of the site. Steven Fullen, CRNHA Director of Interpretation, will serve as the CRNHA liaison. The Corps will continue to maintain its facility management responsibilities as part of the agreement.
The GEVC was opened in May 2003 as part of the recreational opportunities created for the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway, a 236-mile segment of Red River extending from Shreveport to the Mississippi River. The Visitor Center is located at Grand Ecore, a small community about four miles north of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and commands a panoramic view from a bluff 80 feet above the Red River. The Visitor Center displays exhibits which educate and inform the public about the Red River Waterway and the Corps of Engineers’ role in development, preservation, and enhancement of the water resources in the region, as well as the geology, paleontology, and Native American cultures of the region.
Los Adaes, the symbol of New Spain in Louisiana, was once the capital of Texas and the scene of a unique cooperation among the French, the Spanish and the indigenous Native Americans. An area rich in archaeological finds, it thrives today as one of Louisiana's most intriguing state Historic Sites.
Rebel State Historic Site traces its origin back to the days of the American Civil War. According to a local legend, a young Confederate soldier became separated from his unit and shortly after he stopped at a spring for a drink of water the lad was spotted by three Union cavalrymen and killed.
The Barnhill family, local residents who had spoken with the soldier shortly before he was shot, discovered his body and buried him beside the road where he had died. In 1962, area residents placed a marker on the spot and began to hold annual memorial services in honor of the Unknown Confederate Soldier. Rebel State Historic Site has been established at this soldier's final resting place.
But it's the people's love for country and gospel music and their need for an attractive outdoor gathering place that has made Rebel grow and prosper. Musical programs at Rebel throughout the year commemorate the strong folk music traditions of this area of the state.