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Welcome to Natchitoches!

Bienvenue à Natchitoches, Louisiana’s oldest town, established in 1714.

Pronounced “Nack-a-tish”, the quaint and perky town in the movie Steel Magnolias is real! Experience the charm of the original French colony in Louisiana, established 1714 and well known as the film site of “Steel Magnolias”. Explore Natchitoches’ Landmark Historic District with shopping, dining, and attractions plus historic fort sites, museums, and year around cultural events and festivals.

Natchitoches is also recognized as the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Louisiana and home to the Cane River Creole National Historical Park at Oakland & Magnolia Plantations. The National Trust named our town one of the 2005 “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” for Historic Preservation.

El Nuevo Constante Traveling Exhibit Comes to Grand Ecore Visitor Center

Posted by on May 6th, 2016
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!
Grand Ecore
In partnership with the Louisiana State Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, the Louisiana Division of Archaeology and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) will host the El Nuevo Constante Traveling Exhibit from May 7th – June 8th at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center.
El Nuevo Constante was a Spanish ship that wrecked near the Louisiana coast in 1766. In September of that year, a hurricane struck a fleet of Spanish merchant ships as they sailed from Mexico to Spain. One of the ships, El Nuevo Constante, nearly made it to shore before it sank in shallow water.

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First Wings Over Natchitoches Airshow – September 11 & 12th

Posted by on August 19th, 2015
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!
Wings Over Natchitoches Air Show The first Wings Over Natchitoches events will kick-off at the Natchitoches Regional Airport with a private Hangar Dinner and Twilight Air Show on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., with an airshow by the world-renowned AeroShell Acrobatic Team.

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Natchitoches adds another title, One of 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America

Posted by on July 29th, 2015
Category Natchitoches In the Press, Natchitoches.NET News
The City of Natchitoches, recently named Best Southern Small Town by readers of USA Today and 10Best.com, has a new title to be proud of. Natchitoches was recently named one of the 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America by House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping magazines. Natchitoches represented the state of Louisiana in the list of winners.

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6th Annual Cane River Music Festival

Posted by on May 1st, 2015
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!
Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys The Cane River region has a rich tradition of live musical performance. The community was once home to numerous juke joints and dance halls, where farm workers could enjoy an evening of live Creole music, blues, jazz or early rock and roll. In honor of this tradition Cane River Creole National Historical Park will be hosting the 6th Annual Cane River Music Festival at Oakland Plantation on Saturday, May 9, 2015. This event is free to the public.

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