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Around Louisiana: Natchitoches

Around Louisiana


During 2018, we’re taking a virtual road trip around Louisiana and highlighting some of our best travel stories.  Check back on the 15th of each month to explore the sites and events from a different region of the state.  This month, we’re heading to historic Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement of the Louisiana Purchase.




Natchitoches Christmas Parade in 1978



Christmas Festival of Lights (1978)

See LPB’s first visit to the Natchitoches Christmas Parade, as well as subsequent visits in 1979, 1983, and 2010 to take in the beautiful light displays.



275th Anniversary of Natchitoches


275th Anniversary of Natchitoches (1989)

Take a tour of historic Natchitoches (in French!) as the city celebrates a milestone birthday.



What's In a Name? Natchitoches


What’s in a Name? (2006)

Learn more about the origins of this city’s unique name and visit a few sites, including the Fort St. Jean Baptiste Historical Site, the Steel Magnolias Bed & Breakfast & Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant.



Kisatchie National Forest


Kisatchie National Forest (2009)

Enjoy the beautiful scenery at this 600,000 acre national forest, including the ranger district in Natchitoches Parish!



Cane River Creole National Historic Park


Cane River Creole National Historic Park (2009)

Take a tour of Magnolia and Oakland Plantations and learn more about the Creole heritage of the region.



Briarwood Nature Preserve


Briarwood Nature Preserve (2014)

Learn more about the former home of forester and author Caroline Dormon.



Natchitoches Walking Tour


Historic Walking Tour (2014)

Enjoy a tour of all the historic sites in Natchitoches, including the Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and the Prudhomme-Roquier House.



Setting up the Christmas lights in Natchitoches


How Do You Set Up 300,000 Lights? (2014)

Tag along as the city prepares for the 88th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights.



Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches


Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (2015)

Visit the exhibits at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Northwest Louisiana History Museum.



Marie Therese Coincoin Day in Natchitoches


Marie Therese Coincoin Day (2017)

Learn more about the life of Marie Therese Coincoin, a freed slave and the matriarch of the Metoyer Family and the Cane River Creoles




Join us on April 15th as our journey moves to beautiful Toledo Bend.

See our past Around Louisiana posts on the Shreveport/Bossier and Monroe/Ruston regions.

And check out more Louisiana Travel Stories.