Beaufort Plantation in Natchitoches

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Living and working in the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Puchase, Natchitoches, had its perks and its downfalls. It is a very small town and a small university. The main street in downtown, called Front Street, is still brick. You can find the occasional iron post once used for tying up horses. The history is rich, and the people are diverse.

Natchitoches was origianlly founded by St. Jean Baptiste as a French military outpost. Fort St. Jean Baptiste was extablished in 1714. The area is and has alway been a rich and culturally diverse landscape. French, Spanish, Caddo Adai Indians, and African slaves made up a significant part of the cultural landscape. Plantations were prosperous on the Cane River. Over the years a new cultural group began to emerge. The Cane River Creole population was, and still is, a mix of all of the before mentioned ethnicities. Each group has their own unique perspective and traditions that lend to Natchitoches' charm and history.

The Church of St. Anne

Northwestern State University was established in 1884 as a college for training teachers. It was originally called Normal College. Over the years it has developed into a small, but great university that offers students many degree opportunities and activities. NSU plays a major role throughout the city. Volunteers and interns are involved in every aspect of the city and the surrounding plantations.

Natchitoches is home to many historic sites including homes, plantations, forts, and businesses. A list of the historic register is available on the National Travel Itinerary website. Pay close attention to the captions on the pictures. I think you will notice a familiar name.

Links

Cane River National Heritage Area

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

National Travel Itinerary

The City of Natchitoches

Louisiana Creole Heritage Area

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