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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
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.

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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