Martin Home Place
Louisiana Folk Center and Museum
Following a tradition of more than 120 years, The Martin Home Place still opens its doors to visitors, originally welcomed by the family and now by members of North Louisiana Folk Life, Inc. The Home Place, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, operates presently as a rural museum because of local support and the efforts of hard-working, dedicated Board members and volunteers.
The museum is open for visitors on Thursday and Friday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM and other times by appointment. Schoolchildren come on field trips to learn about the lifestyle of the folks like the Martins. Their parents, grandparents, and others come in reminisce about that same lifestyle. Their memories are stirred by some piece of memorabilia.
Please take time for a visit. Enjoy a tour of the house and listen to stories about the Martin family and about the artifacts found both inside the home and on the grounds. There is no fee, although donations are cheerfully accepted and appreciated. Then, if you like. you may sit for awhile on the porch swing or in a rocking chair and enjoy cool breezes even on hot summer afternoons; or perhaps relax on the benches or in the swing under the old pecan trees and giant cedars in the yard. Several picnic tables are available so that visitors may enjoy lunch on the grounds, even when the museum itself may not be open.
Remember, too, that the Home place provides an ideal setting for a family reunions; an old-fashioned rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception; and may serve as a special backdrop for engagement, wedding, and graduation pictures and Christmas cards.
Volunteers will also help with on-site genealogy research for your ancestor in Caldwell Parish. Many unique parish historical documents are available for study.
North Louisiana Folk Life, Inc.
Martin Home Place Museum
203 Martin Lane
Columbia, Louisiana 71418
Field Trip Information
It's "the best field trip ever!"
Your visit will begin about 9:30 AM. During the next few hours, the children will take part in hands-on activities like those the Martin children experienced one hundred years ago: making biscuits from "scratch", washing clothes outdoors, singing in the parlor, storytelling, gardening, etc. The children will use antique laundry equipment, get water from a pitcher pump, sing songs like "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" and "I Caught a Rabbit", make a fold art "Crazy quilt", and thus reenact events of daily long ago.
All of these hand-on experiences will complement the third-grad curriculum in social studies, science, mathematics, etc. The Martin family was very self-sufficient. For example, they prepared three large meals per day using food grown in their garden, processed on the farm, and cooked from scratch. Students will learn what was necessary to survive on a North Louisiana farm a a time quite different from their modern experience.
The cost per person (students and adults) is $5; however, the fee is waived for one adult for each group of ten children. Classes are available on Thursday and Friday during operating hours. If another weekday is preferred, let us know and will will do our best to work with your needs. Picnic space and tables are available.