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May 01 2011

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The Historic Lemee House Once A Bank In Natchitoches

Posted by Doyle Bailey for Tour Natchitoches with Barbara

Lemee House, 1837

The following information has been widely used by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches and others. I have not been able to find the original source. Please leave a comment if you have additional information.

The information also appears  in “Carrie Campbell Butler Remembered” (Sun Ray Publishing).  In a future post I will share more of  her family history. For instance, in a letter dated September 19, 1937, addressed to her cousin Louis, Carrie Campbell writes:
“Among other things that you and your daughter, Genevieve, wanted to know something of your Grandmother LEMEE’s family and I am going to give the facts that I learned from our grandmother and my own mother…”
Follow future posts to learn more about the Lemee family.
Contact Barbara and ask her to include the historic Lemee House on your Tour of historic Natchitoches sites.
Telephone: (318) 352 5469 or (318) 663-5468
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THE FRENCH CAME TO NATCHITOCHES IN 1714. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN

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Jan 19 2010

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See the Lemee House: Tour Natchitoches with Barbara

Lemee House, 1837

Lemee House, 1837

The Lemee House, circa 1825, is located at 310 Rue Jefferson, Natchitoches, Louisiana.  Alex Lemee bought the house in 1849. At one time it housed a branch of the Union Bank of New Orleans.

When Natchitoches native Robert Harling wrote his first play, “Steel Magnolias“, in 1987, he based it on real-life experiences of his mother, his sister and their friends in Natchitoches. It is the story of six Natchotiches Parish women who remain loyal to each other through thick and thin. They may seem as delicate as “Magnolias” at times but in reality are tough as nails. (hence “Steel Magnolias“. Harling does not exactly spell this title out in the play or movie. When the play was made into a movie in 1989, it was filmed entirely in Natchitoches.

When you tour the Lemee House with Barbara, you will likely recognize the Lemee House as  in the movie and the Henry Cook Taylor home next door as M’Lynn and Drum’s home in the movie.

"Steel Magnolias" House

"Steel Magnolias" House

Tour Natchitoches with Barbara and see the Lemee House and you will:

  • See the interior of the Lemee House which is not open to the general public except by special appointment.
  • Hear the legends of the secret tunnel and basement.
  • Observe the rare Italian architecture, only house of its style in the United States.
  • Take photos in Clairee’s garden at the Lemee House and next door to the “Steel Magnolias” House.

    Cast of the Movie

    Cast of the Movie

The Lemee House is operated by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Tour Natchitoches with Barbara awaits you call or e-mail. Contact Barbara and she will make it happen for you, your group, your friends, your church group, school group or your circle of “Steel Magnolia” ladies.

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Oct 10 2009

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APHN PRESERVES NATCHITOCHES HISTORY SINCE THE 1940s

Melrose Plantation, Managed by APHN

Melrose Plantation, Managed by APHN

Tour Natchitoches with Barbara recognizes the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (A.P.H.N.) for its over 6 decades of historic preservation in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Since it’s beginning, shortly after members of an Historic Buildings Survey team from Washington, D.C. visited the Natchitoches area in 1940, the organization has played a vital role in preserving historic structures, artifacts and stories. APHN has played a key role in securing state and federal grants for the restoration and preservation of many historically significant structures in the City of Natchitoches and the Parish as well. APHN charter members included:

  • Miss Augusta Nelken
  • Mrs. Mae Roop
  • Mrs. Mildred Cunningham
  • Miss Carmen Breazeale
  • Mrs. Vernon Cloutier
  • Mrs. G. F. Thomas Sr.
  • Mrs. Flora Hooker
  • Mrs. G. H. Pierson
  • Mrs. Violet Winslow

For their vision, dedication to preservation and love for the cultural history of Natchitoches, Tour Natchitoches with Barbara salutes these charter members and founders. They have left us with a gift and a challenge to follow their example. Would you like to join and support the work of APHN in preservation and educational projects? Please send your name, e-mail address, phone and membership dues to: MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE, p. o. Box 2248, Natchitoches, La 71457 MEMBERSHIP LEVELS: Students……………………………………………$15

Single……………………………………………..…$25

Family.…………………………………………..….$35

Friends of Preservation……………………..$50

Historic Preservation Patron……………..$100

Corporate Sponsor.……………………………$500

If you would like to support APHN preservation and educational projects, but do not wish to become a member, please send your donation to: Martha Maynard, 923 Nettie St., Natchitoches, La 71457

The Lemee House, managed by APHN

The Lemee House, managed by APHN

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