Activities

Historic Cemeteries

The American Cemetery
“The American Cemetery, is considered by many historians to be the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase. The American Cemetery contains graves that date to colonial times. Buried within its grounds are war heroes and villains, doctors, politicians, educators, a former mayor who was murdered and a plantation owner who had numerous children with a slave whom he set free by the time of his death.” – The American Cemetery- The Oldest Cemetery In The Louisiana Purchase And A Shrine To God And History, by Payne Williams

Historic District Walking Tour

Discover why Natchitoches has been a Destination of Travelers since 1714! Enjoy a complimentary walking tour of the Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District. Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm (weather permitting). Tours begin at the Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at 780 Front Street. The tour is funded by Cane River National Heritage Area and the Historic District Development Commission. Get more information.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

According to available records, the history of Immaculate Conception Church begins in 1717 (or perhaps 1716) when the Franciscan, Fr. Antonio Margil de Jesus, walked the twenty-one miles from the Spanish Mission at Los Adaes to say Mass at the French Fort St. Jean Baptiste in Natchitoches. Services were also held in private homes or in the post. Editors Note: While local tradition says the home of St.Denis was used for mass, the family resided in Mexico and Mobile at the time, and did not return to Natchitoches until late 1722.

Jokie’s Gallery

Jokie’s Art Gallery is owned by Jokie Taylor, who has been a pillar in the Natchitoches community for decades. Jokie is an avid art collector and, through the art gallery, wanted to spread the uniqueness and creativity with locals and tourists alike. Jokie’s Art Gallery provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work and not only elevate themselves but this beautiful town as well. As of mid December, when we first opened the doors, we have acquired our 14 local artists and have filled the gallery to capacity.

Los Adaes Historic Site

*By appointment only during the months of January and February. To schedule a tour, call 318-356-5555.

6354 Hwy. 485
Robeline, LA 71449 

Los Adaes, the symbol of New Spain in Louisiana, was once the capital of Texas and the scene of a unique cooperation among the French, the Spanish and the indigenous Native Americans.

Louis Juchereau St. Denis Statue

This bronze statue of Natchitoches founder, Chevalier Louis Antoine Juchereau de St.Denis was created by sculptor, Larry Crowder of Fort Worth, Texas. It was sculpted and cast in bronze in Texas. It was erected near the end of the El Camino Real in downtown Natchitoches as “a lasting memorial to the historic bond between Quebec, Louisiana and Texas”.

The inscription is as follows:

Louis Juchereau De St. Denis 1676 – 1744

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

Hours of operation:

  • Tuesday through Saturday 10 am - 4:30 pm.
  • *School and group tours may request early arrival
  • Closed Sunday, Monday and state holidays.
  • $5 adults; $4 seniors, students and active military; children under 12 free.
  • Admission includes all exhibits

800 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA

Magnolia Plantation Complex

*Temporarily closed due to government shutdown.

Open Daily 8AM-4PM for Self-Guided Tours
Main House: Privately Owned And Not Open To The Public.
5549 Hwy 119, Derry, LA 71416

Melrose Plantation

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10AM-4PM 
3533 Hwy 119
Melrose, LA 71452

Marie Therese Coin-Coin, an enslaved woman, and Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer, her French owner had many children together after Coin-Coin was freed. On land acquired by land grants, the Yucca House and the African House was built. The Yucca House remained the large structure on the plantation until 1833 when the main house, known as Melrose, was built.

Natchitoches Genealogy Library

600 Second Street
​Natchitoches, LA 71457

The 1st floor museum is no longer open to the public.  The 2nd floor houses Natchitoches Genealogy Library.  It is open Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 4pm.  The library includes French conveyances, mortgages and books; Natchitoches Parish Census records 1820 – 1920; miscellaneous census records for other Louisiana parishes and states and Natchitoches Times microfilm records for March 1903 – Oct. 1996.

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