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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Natchitoches - Historic Downtown

On Front Street, which runs parallel with Cane River Lake, we picked up some maps and information at the Visitor's Center



Below the Center and by the river is Roque House which was built farther up river around the time of the Louisiana Purchase and moved to its current location in 1967.


Behind Plantation Treasures, a spiral staircase, which can be spotted through the rear doors, was built in France and sent to Natchitoches in 1856.


At 758 Front Street is Louisiana's oldest general store.




Many of the historic sites, museums and churches are within walking distance of Front Street. Across the river is the Tauzin-Wells Home. Built in 1776 it is the oldest home standing in Natchitoches (privately owned).


There are so many interesting sites steeped in history in Natchitoches and for a tourist area I was surprised how quiet it was. The loudest sounds we heard were the birds chirping in the magnolia trees. It's somewhere I plan to visit again and again.

1 comment:

DebMc said...

It looks like a lovely place to visit. Makes me wish I could go there this week.