Activities

Natchitoches Heritage Art Gallery

The Natchitoches Art Guild was created in 1980 as a non-profit organization designed to promote art and local artists within the historic community. In 1992, members of the Guild founded the Natchitoches Art Guild Gallery to display works by area artists.

Today, the Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery exists as a co-operative where members volunteer to work in and maintain the space. The Gallery is funded primarily by state and local grants, membership dues, patron contributions, and a small percentage of sales.

Oakland Plantation

*Temporarily closed due to government shutdown.

Oakland Plantation has 17 of its original outbuildings still remaining. Outbuildings still on the plantation include two pigeonniers, an overseer’s house, massive roofed log corn crib, carriage house, mule barn that was originally a smokehouse, carpenter’s shop, and cabins.

Prud’homme – Roquier House

Architectural details uncovered during restoration indicate the Prud'homme-Rouquier Home was built in 1806. It is located on property belonging to Francois Rouquier of North Carolina, acquired through a Spanish land grant between 1764 and 1800. In 1778, Rouquier married Marie Louise Prud'homme, daugher of Jean Baptiste Prud'homme, "Doctor of the King", and an important figure in Natchitoches history. Francois Rouquier was a very wealthy landowner, and his home was considered a showplace of its time, containing more elaborate architectural details than other structures in the area.

Rebel Historic Site

By appointment only
318.357.3175
1260 Hwy 1221
Marthaville, LA 71450
Rebel Historic Site & Louisiana Country Music Museum
 
The grave of an Unknown Confederate Soldier was the original focal point at Rebel State Historic Site, but it’s the people’s love for their country and gospel music and their need for an attractive outdoor gathering place that has made Rebel grow and prosper.
 

Roque House

This quaint old home is one of the most accessible examples the Creole style of French architecture in the Cane River area. Post in the ground, hipped roof, encircling gallery and central chimney exemplify this distinctive style of architecture. Constructed in typical French colonial fashion with hand-hewn cypress and a bousillage fill (a mixture of mud, Spanish moss and animal hair, much like adobe), the structure was topped with an oversize roof of durable cypress shingles. The overhanging roof forms a gallery around the house’s exterior.

Steel Magnolias Tour of Filming Sites

Natchitoches, Louisiana is home to the 1989 hit movie "Steel Magnolias". See map below to tour the filming sites. Download the map.

Taylor-Cook (Steel Magnolias) House

The Cook-Taylor House (Steel Magnolias House) Written history of this home states that it was originally built in the 1840's by Italian architects, Trizini and Soldini, and was built for Louis Dupleix as a store. An earlier writer of Natchitoches history, J. H. Cosgrove, referred to it as a "great business spot" and during the Civil War, it has been said it was used as a hospital. In the early 1900's Mr. Jackson L. Bryan moved the home from its original location next to the sidewalk to where it now stands.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church carries with it many memories and associations dating back to pre-Civil War days. It was the first non-Roman Catholic church in Natchitoches and the third Episcopal church in Louisiana.

Work on the building began in 1857. However, the life of the congregation predates the building. The first Episcopal service inNatchitoches was held in the court House on Sunday, March 31, 1839, with the Rt. Rev. Leonidas Polk, missionary Bishop of the Southwest, as the officiant; and old Parish Register entries date back to May 23, 1841.

U.S. Fish Hatchery

*Temporarily closed due to government shutdown.

615 South Drive
Natchitoches, LA. 71457
Monday through Friday from 8AM until 3PM * Closed Federal Holidays

The newly remodeled Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery features sixteen tanks of native fish species highlighting river habitats from the South Eastern United States. The station is involved in spawning, hatching, and rearing young fish to restore natural populations.

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