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Tour of Texas History

Natchitoches, Louisiana

March 8-10, 2013


Tour of Natchitoches, Louisiana

March 8-10, 2013


Natchitoches is the oldest settlement in Louisiana. Established in 1714 it retains it’s original European flavor. THS has a block of rooms reserved at historic Church Street Inn, 120 Church Street. $125 for one bed and $135 for two beds. Free breakfast and parking. 1-800-668-9298 Recommended by the tourist office.


FRIDAY—12:00 noon, meet in Many, Louisiana at Kim’s Oriental Kitchen, 175 Fisher Street for Korean, Japanese and Chinese lunch. Then visit US Fort Jessup along Hwy 6 National Historic Trail, which was the eastern entrance to the Neutral Zone, a thirty mile stretch of no man’s land between the US and Spanish Tejas in 1805, where the “best is like the worst, there ain’t no ten commandments, and a man can raise a thirst.”


Continue east along the Camino Real to Robeline. Visit the Adai Caddo historic Indian village. Also visit Los Adaes Fort and presidio historic Spanish site from the early 1700’s. It was the capitol of Tejas for 50 years.


Check in to the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant to be decided.


SATURDAY — Tour Fort St. Jean Baptist in town.


Private streetcar tour of the National Historic District, including the house where the movie Steel Magnolias was made.


Lunch to be designated.


Tour Oakland and Melrose Plantations at the Cane River Creole National Historical Park.


Free time for shopping etc.


Seafood dinner and speaker for the Civil War Red River Campaign. Cajun dance band after.


SUNDAY—Church of Immaculate Conception for mass.


Visit to Grand Ecole Visitors Center on the Red River


Free time and return to Houston.


Please let me know if you are going so I can arrange reservations a various places.


Hewitt Clarke