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Chopin, Kate, House

Cloutierville, Louisiana
County of Natchitoches.
Main Street
National Register Number: 93001601
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Emergency in
2009.
Congressional District: LA-4 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Bayou Folk Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1993):
From 1880 to 1883, this was the home of Katherine O'Flaherty Chopin (1850-1904), novelist and short story writer. Louisiana Bayou folk culture provided the backdrop for many of Chopin's most noted works, among them the controversial novel "The Awakening" and "Bayou Folk," a collection of short stories. It was Chopin's experiences in Cloutierville that led her to record the history, folklore, and lifestyles of the people of the Cane River area.

Condition:
On October 1, 2008, a fire at the Chopin House destroyed nearly all of the house.

Salvage efforts have been underway to recover items associated with Bayou Folk Museum. Less than 15% of collections remain. The house itself is all but gone.


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