• Merry Christmas lights

    Merry Christmas in lights at Rebel State Historic Site

  • Santa and his sleigh

    Santa and his sleigh at Rebel State Historic Site's outdoor Christmas light show.

1260 Hwy. 1221
Marthaville, LA 71450

31.746877, -93.428383
Hours of Operation:
By Appointment Only
Entrance Fees
  • free for all ages

Facilities and Activities
  • Daily Tours (by appointment only)
  • Group Pavilion
  • Museum / Historic Buildings
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Picnic Areas
  • Historic and/or Nature Programs
  • Hiking Trails
please call the site to request a visit
Online Reservations

Rebel State Historic Site sign

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. ↓ show more

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.

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. The picnic pavilion equipped with kitchen facilities, an ice machine and microwave oven, can be reserved online.

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Reservable Facilities
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.


$70 per dayMaximum Occupancy of 60 people. Unit is equipped with kitchen facilities, an ice machine and microwave oven.


Trails at Rebel State Historic Site
  • Trail A -- 1/4 mile
  • Trail B -- 1/2 mile

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