Magnolia Quarters

Client: Cane River Creole National Historical Park

This National Historic Landmark property stewarded by the National Park Service, is a unique, intact example of a highly productive southern cotton plantation that employed enslaved and sharecropper labor to support a large agricultural enterprise from 1835-1976. Heritage Landscapes has completed the CLR detailing a series of projects and management direction to preserve important remaining features, sharecropper gardens historic bulbs, fences defining spaces, and overall landscape legibility for a deeper visitor experience.

One vector for the recommendations seeks to rehabilitate vegetation to enhance interpretation at Magnolia Plantation:

  • Study vascular plant inventory documentation to identify field grass and forb species
  • Perform research to catalog meaningful Quarters plants in sharecropper and day-labor eras

Implement varied ground plane treatments for legibility using mowing regimes:

  • Mown Turf around buildings and historic paths
  • Rough Turf in areas of form pasture and livestock pens
  • Tall meadow in former crops, encourage broadleaf weed species

Reinterpret Quarters’ vegetation to enhance interpretation at Magnolia Plantation

  • Preserve historic bulbs- St. Joseph’s lily, spider lily, Byzantine gladiolus, and daffodil
  • Intersperse Osage orange within fence rows to reflect historic live fence
  • Replant missing fruit and medicinal trees in known locations
  • Replant a small sample sweet potato area, as this was a staple food

Early projects have proceeded, and the river cavitation is being addressed. Another CLR addressing the plantation house and grounds is currently underway.



Magnolia Plantation Cultural Landscape Report


Heritage Landscapes


"The rehabilitation treatment combined with selected restoration and takes a comprehensive approach to enable and support a more vibrant, legible site that engages visitors while focusing and limiting maintenance burdens."