Historic Districts & Sites in Natchitoches Louisiana

Historic Districts & Sites

Louisiana has the most colorful history of any state and of many countries. Beginning long before the Louisiana Purchase, our state took shape in prehistoric times. We have had a past of many battles, on the battlefield and in the political arena. Louisiana's architecture is a lasting impression of French and Spanish rule. Today, there are many reminders of the past in our museums, plantations, historic sites and attractions.

Natchitoches

The City of Natchitoches is the heart of Natchitoches Parish. Founded in 1714 the site was established near a village of Natchitoches Indians. As the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory, its history is also a story of the development of our nation.

The City’s Historic Landmark District, which fronts Cane River Lake and encompasses a 33-block area, includes many historic homes, churches and commercial structures. A mixture of Queen Anne and Victorian architecture, along with Creole style cottages can be seen throughout the district.

People settled in the Natchitoches area in large numbers after the Louisiana Purchase. Eventually, however, the river changed its course, bypassing Natchitoches. What was once known as the Red River is now Cane River Lake.

Nationally recognized as a Preserve America Community, a Distinctive Destination and a Great American Main Street, Natchitoches is a genuine heritage destination.

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    City: Natchitoches
    310 Rue Jefferson Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Alex Lemee bought the house in 1849. It also housed a branch of the Union Bank of New Orleans. It is owned by the Association for the Preservation of Historical Natchitoches. Open for tours...
    City: Natchitoches
    452 Jefferson St. Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Cane River National Heritage Area is home to Cane River Creole National Historical Park, numerous historical sites and the City of Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District. This unique...
    City: Natchitoches
    155 Rue Jefferson Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site open daily with costumed interpreters on site. Celebrates Christmas 18th Century style with historians, re-enactors, and period merchants occupying the...
    City: Natchitoches
    700 Second St. Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Overlooking the scenic Cane River Lake, the Landmark District encompasses 33 blocks of restaurants, shops, arts & crafts, book stores, art galleries, historic homes and more.  The district...
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