Rebel Historic Site & Louisiana Country Music Museum
The grave of an Unknown Confederate Soldier was the original focal point at Rebel State Historic Site, but it’s the people’s love for their country and gospel music and their need for an attractive outdoor gathering place that has made Rebel grow and prosper.
Set in the piney hills of northwestern Louisiana, the Louisiana Country Music Museum contains exhibits that tell the story of how various folk music traditions developed in this region–from early gospel and string band music to the country sounds we enjoy today. The museum, which depicts a stringed musical instrument in its architectural design, also honors the contributions of the many Louisiana natives who have become prominent in the country music and gospel music professions.
The annual Fiddling Championship often attracts the most attention to this site in the woods. Competing for prizes, fiddlers young and old engage audiences year after year. Local performers as well as nationally known acts have performed on this stage, including former governor of Louisiana, Jimmie Davis, the Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys, Ernest Tubb and his Texas Troubadours, David Houston, Slim Whitman, George Jones and Aaron Neville!
Rebel State Historic Site is a wonderful place to spend the day. Picnic areas, group shelters, Guided tours, the museum and outdoor exhibits contribute to the visitor’s greater understanding of North Louisiana’s rich musical heritage. We invite you to enjoy the wondrous, toe-tapping excitement of Rebel State Historic Site – when visiting Natchitoches -y’all come!
Rebel State Historic Site is located 25 miles west of the historic town of Natchitoches and I-49. Home of the Louisiana Country Music Museum, Rebel SHS also hosts lively and memorable concerts throughout the year.