The 33-block National Historic Landmark District of Natchitoches is jam-packed with things to see and do. Once you have strolled down Front Street, checked out the Roque House and Beau Jardin, and rambled along the banks of Cane River, it is time to branch out and see the sights a street or two over. One way to gain an overall bird’s-eye view of the area is to hop aboard a trolley or climb into a horse-drawn buggy for a tour. Personally, I prefer sightseeing on foot so that I can go at my own pace—stopping to snap a photograph or popping into the corner coffee shop for a caramel macchiato whenever I feel the urge. Regardless of which option you choose, you will be treated to a feast for the eyes–beautifully restored homes, meticulously manicured lawns, stately live oaks, gracious magnolias, and classic buildings rich with history and character. In this limited space I will showcase a small sampling of interesting sights that can be found in close proximity to Front Street.
To download a Walking Map of the Downtown Historical District, visit http://www.downtownnatchitoches.com/walking-map.
To learn more about the places featured in this post…
Church Street Inn – http://www.churchstinn.com/
- Basilica of the Immaculate Conception – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_the_Immaculate_Conception_(Natchitoches,_Louisiana)
- Old Natchitoches Parish Courthouse/Natchitoches Genealogy Library – http://www.natchitoches.net/attractions/old-courthouse-state-museum/
- Merci Beaucoup – http://www.mercibeaucouprestaurant.com/
- Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant – http://lasyones.com/
- Prudhomme-Roquier House – http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/caneriver/pru.htm or http://www.natchitoches.com/listing/prud%E2%80%99homme-%E2%80%93-roquier-house (To schedule a tour, visit http://www.service-league.net/houseTours.asp)
- The Steel Magnolia House – http://www.steelmagnoliahouse.com/ or http://www.natchitoches.net/attractions/historic-district/taylor-cook-steel-magnolia-house/