Rebel State Historic Site traces its origin back to the days of the American Civil War. According to a local legend, a young Confederate soldier became separated from his unit and shortly after he stopped at a spring for a drink of water the lad was spotted by three Union cavalrymen and killed. The Barnhill family, local residents who had spoken with the soldier shortly before he was shot, discovered his body and buried him beside the road where he had died. In 1962, area residents placed a marker on the spot and began to hold annual memorial services in honor of the Unknown Confederate Soldier. Rebel State Historic Site has been established at this soldier's final resting place. But it's the people's love for country and gospel music and their need for an attractive outdoor gathering place that has made Rebel grow and prosper. Musical programs at Rebel throughout the year commemorate the strong folk music traditions of this area of the state. 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 museum contains costumes, instruments and pictures that have been donated by the above mentioned performers, including Roy Acuff's fiddle and yo-yo, as well as one of Hank Williams Jr.'s shirts. An amphitheater serves as a showplace for the ongoing musical traditions of North Louisiana. Bluegrass, country, gospel and folk concerts are some of the exciting events taking place onstage at Rebel State Historic Site. Non-profit groups are also invited to hold events at the amphitheater so that many visitors can enjoy the fine environment at Rebel SHS. Picnic areas with adjacent barbeque pits are available on a first come, first serve basis, while the picnic pavilion equipped with kitchen facilities, an ice machine and microwave oven, can be reserved online
Alerts and Important Information
Please be prepared to pay the balance of your facility rental fee upon your arrival at the park.
Should you have any problem with your reservation, or you need to make a change, transfer, or cancel, give us a call at 1-877-CAMP-N-LA. The cancellation fee is a minimum of $10 per facility. 15 days or more before arrival the cancellation or transfer fee is $10 or one day's use fee for reservations made 10 to 11 months in advance per facility. 14 days or less before arrival, the cancellation or transfer fee is one day's usage fee.
Reservations for overnight facilities are held until checkout time the day after your scheduled arrival.
Early departures will be treated as cancellation.
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
$4 per person; Free for seniors (62 and over) & children 12 and under.
Groups are asked to call in advance.
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