African House Named a National Treasure

March 19, 2015 by Carolyn Brackett

African House, a unique early 19th century structure located at Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches, Louisiana, has been named a National Treasure. The March 16 announcement was welcomed on the National Trust’s Facebook page with more than 30,000 views and 1,110 “likes,” “comments,” and “shares.”

African House is already receiving preservation assistance from the National Trust with a HOPE Crew project that has been underway for the past few weeks to repair the roof. HOPE Crew (“Hands-on Preservation Experience” Crew) is an initiative of the National Trust that trains thousands of crew members in useful historic preservation skills.

On Wednesday March 18, we hosted “Media Day” to showcase the site’s designation as a National Treasure and the work of the HOPE Crew. The day resulted in fantastic coverage from television stations in Alexandria and Shreveport, Louisiana featuring the crews hard at work and interview with Melrose Plantation manager Molly Dickerson and HOPE Crew program manager Monica Rhodes. Enjoy these stories about work underway at African House and check back often for updates:

Shreveport Times: House at Melrose Plantation named National Treasure

Town Talk African House at Melrose undergoing restoration

KALB-TV (CBS/NBC) African House preservation at Melrose Plantation underway

KLAX-TV (ABC) African House at Melrose Gets a Facelift

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