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Jun 2, 2020 - Natchitoches-Louisiana's Oldest City

While we were in Kemah we met a couple from Louisiana who told us about Natchitoches, LA (pronounced Nack-A-Tish) and said we HAD to go there and we are so glad we followed their advice. We are staying at Grand Ecore (French for bluff) campground, a gorgeous site alongside a bayou. We sit on our spacious patio enjoying our coffee watching the birds to include herons, egrets, orioles, cardinals and more. No alligator sightings yet but they are definitely out there!! Natchitoches was the original French colony in Louisiana and they...

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New Adventures 2020

Jun 2, 2018 - Day 4 - Natchitoches LA

The day started oh so well. Good night's sleep (aided by a bottle of very respectable Spanish Red). Early morning long walk with the dog. RV park has a huge open area and we covered every inch of it. Comfortable temp; not yet steamy but you know it's coming. Followed by a perfectly made free home made breakfast of eggs, bacon and pancakes (Wendy had the biscuit in lieu of pancakes). We only planned to go 250 miles today, so we took our time getting ready to roll out. Showers, coffee, etc. Finally got on the road about 1030. Needed some...

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Summer 2018 Big Trip

Aug 3, 2017 - Natchitoches

Aug 3, 2017, We are Natchitoches, (Nack-a-dish) LA, tonight. Another Good Sam Park for just over $30.00. After getting set up we head out to Cane River Creole National Historical Park. There are 2 plantations that are a part of this park and one extra one that is part of the National Heritage Area. Our first plantation is the Magnolia Plantation Complex. It consists of 18 acres of outbuildings including a blacksmith shop, plantation store, gin barn, cabins and a slave hospital. Originally the plantation was over 6,000 acres. Both the...

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Off to Indianapolis

May 6, 2015 - Natchitoches, LA

We visited beautiful Natchitoches, LA, for the last two days. It is the oldest city west of the Mississippi and was incorporated in 1714...way before the Louisiana Purchase was completed in 1803. This is the town where the movie "Steel Magnolias" was filmed. The home of Sally Field's and Julia Roberts' family is called Steel Magnolias Bed & Breakfast. We also toured three plantations along River Road just south of town: Melrose Plantation, Magnolia Plantation and my favorite Oakland Plantation. I've included a few pictures of Oakland...

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Kizer Summer 2015

Sep 9, 2014 - Natchitoches and the Cane River Lake Area

Can we move here? We both found this town so interesting and beautiful. The Cane River Lake (how can it be both a lake and a river - we asked) is a river that is dammed on each end making it a lake. It flows along Front Street. The plants, flowers, and trees along this street are gorgeous. The shops and storefronts face the river - just an amazing view. We decided to taste the local food, so for lunch we had meat pies. Mine was a combo of ground beef and pork and Denis had the crawfish pie. They had just the right amount of spice. On the...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Arkansas to Louisiana

Today we traveled from Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas to Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish). Louisiana's oldest city founded in 1714. We drove 236 miles in a little over five hours. We got confused coming out of Texarkana and took a road which was nice until it ran out. A freeway and suddenly there was a sign that said road ends, all vehicles must exit. So we jumped on another road and continued to head south. Believe it or not, this one ended also. Nice roads - we think maybe they were building them in sections. It was just...

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Apr 26, 2014 - Natchitoches, Louisiana

It's our last day in Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-uh-tish). The town is celebrating its 300th birthday this year. The town was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of the French colony in Louisiana and was named after the Natchitoches Indians. It is the oldest permanent settlement with the Louisiana Purchase (occurred in 1803 for you history buffs). We did a walking tour of part of the historic district and picked up six geocaches along the way. Then we went to the Crawfish Hole for lunch. Not being from this part of...

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Nov 18, 2013 - Natchitoches, Louisiana

Established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana, the community of Natchitoches - pronounced Nack-A-Tish - was named after the Natchitoches Indian tribe. The City of Natchitoches was first incorporated on February 5, 1819. It is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Some people say that Natchitoches is a little New Orleans, but rightfully it should be said that New Orleans is a big Natchitoches, since Natchitoches was established first! We had passed through this area several times during...

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Apr 18, 2013 - Some pics of the reason we can't go home yet

Thursday, April 18, 2013 Just thought I’d throw out a quick report and show some pics that my sister and other friends have sent us of the snow banks up north so folks can see why they all say “Don’t come home, you’d be crazy if you did.” Ok so we are stuck in the south. Moved 123 miles further north yesterday to the oldest town in the Louisiana Purchase area called Natchitoches (Nok-i-tosh). Pretty little town, right on the banks of what used to be the Red River. That’s right, used to be. The river changed course in the 1850’s and the...

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Oct 7, 2011 - Natchez, MS to Natchitoches, LA

We drove around Natchez for a couple of hours in the morning to see the antebellum homes and view of the Mississippi River. There are at least 20 homes on the tour here and people come just to do that. I think I would die if I had to tour the inside of all those homes, but I do like to look at the setting and architecture of the outside of some of them. Do you know what antebellum means? I didn't so I looked it up...answer below. They have a gambling casino here on a river boat, but oddly enough, just one, and it's kind of small. So it's a...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Natchez to Natchitoches to Convent, LA

Tuesday the 20th we drove to Natchitoches, LA (pronounced here as nack a chis) about 130 miles from Natchez. Natchitoches is the oldest and longest populated settlement from the Louisiana Purchase. It was founded in 1714. We visited the Cane River National Heritage Area this afternoon, and the Oakland Plantation is part of that. This is a Creole plantation, quite different from the ones we have seen so far. Oakland was started in 1785 by a French family named Prud'homme. The house was built in 1821. Purd'homme descendants lived in the house...

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Austin City Limits

Aug 18, 2011 - Natchitoches, Louisianna......WHERE??

Hi Everyone: Well here we sit in Natchitoches, Louisiana…….where???? , yes you heard it right. It a small Historic Town that lies along I-49 from Shrevesport to New Orleans and it’s the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. As you know, a county in Louisianna is referred to as a “Parish”. Established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana, the community was named after the Natchitoches Indian tribe. The City of Natchitoches was first incorporated on February 5, 1819. It is the oldest...

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