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Fort Jesup State historic site

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , on May 31, 2011 by bayouphoto

Between Natchitoches and Many, La. is a small historic site. Fort Jesup state historic site. This was our first stop on the way to San Antonio. The grounds are well maintained and well worth stopping, if you love history.CampsiteMain buildingOriginal kitchenOriginal walls, foundations, and columnsIf you are traveling Hwy 6 west from Natchitoches stop in for a visit and step back in time to a less civilized era

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Fort Saint Jean Baptiste

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by bayouphoto

This past Saturday I visited Natchitoches, La. to partake in the annual Christmas Festival of Lights.. Natchitoches is the oldest city in the Louisiana Purchase and was first founded as a french trading post in 1714.

I went down early to take in the State historic site St Jean Baptiste fort and the F├ęte de Hiver. Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS, Celebrate Christmas 18th century style with historians, re-enactors and period merchants. When we arrived there were merchant and trader tents set up outside the fort, with Indians and merchants along with a young French guard.

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The young fellow wanted a copy of the photo so I asked him to write his email with a quill pen.

Outside the fort gates were soldiers giving cannon, musketry and drill demonstrations.Inside the forth there were outdoor cooking demonstrations and basic early 18th century daily living.If you are in Louisiana, love early American colonial history you really should visit Natchitoche.