“explore the complex history of this river & its people”
The Cane River region is home to a unique culture; the Creoles. The nearly three hundred year relationship between the Cane River Creoles and their homeland was shaped by the river. This relationship was tested by flood, drought, war, and numerous other obstacles. Luckily, their resilience and resourcefulness has allowed the Creole culture to endure and thrive. Oakland and Magnolia owe their physical integrity to the families that kept them intact for seven and eight generations. The Prud'homme family began what would become Oakland in 1780's. Magnolia traces its mid-18th century origin to the LeComte and later on the Hertzog family. The cultural landscapes at Oakland and Magnolia represent a microcosm of a broader American experience. Like the country as a whole, Oakland and Magnolia survived periods of prosperity, poverty, and war. Their endurance is a testament to Prud'hommes, LeComtes, and Hertzog's families, but those could not have succeeded without the contributions of all the people who lived and worked on each plantation.
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