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Where To Shop, Eat & Play In Natchitoches On New Year’s Eve & Day

Posted by on December 26th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!

NEW YEAR'S EVE - Monday, December 31, 2012 

Join Us For An Amazing Firework Show At Midnight In Downtown Natchitoches!

Natchitoches, LA

 WHERE TO SHOP- HISTORIC DISTRICT

Brenda's Clothing- 584 Front St. (318) 356-0422, OPEN (9-5)

Cane River Gallery - 558 Front St.  (318) 352-0034, OPEN (10-1) Cane River Kitchenware -732 Front St. (318) 238-3600,  OPEN (10-9) Georgia's Gift Shop -626 Front St.  (318) 352-5833, OPEN (10-6) Hall Tree -600 Front St.  (318) 352-4177, OPEN (9-6) Hello Dolly -520 Front St.  (318) 352-5828,  OPEN (10-4) Louisiana Purchase - 550 Front St.  (318) 352-0117,  OPEN (12-7) Merci Beaucoup Gift Shop - Church St. (318) 352-6624, OPEN (10-1) Natchitoches Art Guild - 584 Front St.  (318) 352-1626,  OPEN (10-6) Plantation Treasures -720 Front St.  (318) 354-1714, OPEN (9:30-until) Rocking Horse Toy Store - 628 Front St.  (318) 357-8889, OPEN (10-6) WHAT TO DO- HISTORIC DISTRICT Carriage Rides Town Tour (318) 356-8687, OPEN (3-9) AROUND TOWN National Fish Hatchery - 615 South Dr.  (318) 352-5324, OPEN (8-12) Parkway Cinema 6  Movie Theater - 1011 Keyser Ave.  (318) 352-5109,  OPEN Oakland Plantation - 4386 Hwy. 494 -Bermuda, LA (318) 356-8441, OPEN (8-4) Magnolia Plantation Complex - 5549 Highway 119, Derry, LA (318) 356-8441, OPEN (8-4) WHERE TO EAT - HISTORIC DISTRICT Pioneer Pub - 812 Washington St.  (318) 352-4884, OPEN (noon till) Merci Beaucoup - 127 Church St.  (318) 352-6634, OPEN  (10:30-3) Mama's & Papa's - 604 Front St.  (318) 356-5860, OPEN (11am-midnight) *LIVE MUSIC Hana's Japanese - 750 Front St.  (318) 356-0989, OPEN (Noon-10) Cane Break Café - 584 Front St.  (318) 238-3030, OPEN (8am-6pm) AROUND TOWN Almost Home - 5820 Highway 1 Bypass  (318) 352-2431,  OPEN (10:30-2:30) Trail Boss Steakhouse - 301 South Dr. (318) 352-2080, OPEN (11-9) Huddle House -5306 University Parkway (318) 352-7711, OPEN (24 Hours) Chili's - 932  Keyser Ave. (318) 357-0972, OPEN (10:45-10pm) Mariner's Seafood & Steakhouse - 5948 Highway 1 Bypass (318) 357-1220, OPEN (4:30-10:00)  

NEW YEAR'S DAY - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 

Natchitoches, LA 

WHERE TO SHOP- HISTORIC DISTRICT Cane River Kitchenware -732 Front St. (318) 238-3600, OPEN (10-9) Plantation Treasures -720 Front St. (318) 354-1714, OPEN (9:30 till) WHAT TO DO - HISTORIC DISTRICT  Carriage Rides Town Tour (318) 356-8687, OPEN (3-9) AROUND TOWN Parkway Cinema 6  Movie Theater - 1011 Keyser Ave.  318-352-5109, OPEN WHERE TO EAT - HISTORIC DISTRICT Pioneer Pub - 812 Washington St.- (318) 352-4884, OPEN (noon till) Hana's Japanese - 750 Front St.- (318) 356-0989, OPEN (12-10pm) Cane Break Café - 584 Front St.- (318)238-3030, OPEN (8am-6pm) AROUND TOWN Almost Home - 5820 Highway 1 Bypass - (318)352-2431, OPEN (10:30-2:30) Trail Boss Steakhouse - 301 South Dr.- (318)352-2080,  OPEN (11-9) Chili's - 932 Keyser Ave. - (318) 357-0972,  OPEN (10:45-10pm)  

Happy New Year!!

Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission

780 Front Street, Suite 100 - (800) 259-1714

Bicycle Interest Meeting Scheduled

Posted by on December 19th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Press Releases
The City of Natchitoches will host a meeting to gauge interest in bike lanes and bike trails in the Natchitoches area.  The meeting will be held on January 15, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center located at 716 Second Street. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Contact:  Lisa Cooley, City of Natchitoches Phone: (318)352-2746 E-mail:  lcooley@natchitochesla.gov    

Cane River Creole National Historical Park Unveils Newly Furnished Slave/Tenant Cabin

Posted by on December 17th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Press Releases
Cane River Creole National Historical Park held the grand opening of its newly furnished slave/tenant cabin on Sat., Dec. 15, 2012. The effort to furnish the cabin was led by former Oakland Plantation resident Elvin Shields. Elvin was born on Melrose Plantation in 1948 and moved to Oakland Plantation in 1954 where he lived until 1962. After serving in Vietnam, Elvin would marry his sweetheart Betty Robinson. Elvin would eventually go on to serve as a Supervisory Mechanical Engineer for the National Guard Bureau Army Installations at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Since his retirement Elvin has volunteered at the National Park, sharing his childhood experiences with school groups and visitors of all ages. Elvin specializes in demonstrating the toy-making techniques used by his siblings and other plantation kids. [caption id="attachment_1595" align="alignleft" width="190"] Elvin Shields shares info with Judge Hunter during the Grand Opening of the newly furnished Tenant Cabin[/caption] The cabin has been furnished to resemble the period when Elvin lived at Oakland, and will serve as one of the only examples in the United States of an original slave/tenant cabin furnished by a former plantation resident. Cane River Creole NHP's Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open seven days a week from 8am-4pm except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. To reach Oakland Plantation, take I-49 to Exit 127, Flora/Cypress. Head east on LA Highway 120 toward Cypress.  Once you reach the LA Highway 1 intersection cross over LA Highway 1 onto LA Highway 494. The parking lot and entrance pavilion for Oakland are 4.5 miles east of Highway 1 on the left. To reach the grounds of Magnolia Plantation, take I-49 to Exit 119, Derry. Head east on LA Highway 119. Cross over LA Highway 1 and proceed for two miles. The grounds of Magnolia Plantation are on the right.  The main at house at Magnolia is privately owned and not open to the public. For more information call 318 356-8441 or visit our website at: http://www.nps.gov/cari/ [caption id="attachment_1597" align="alignright" width="300"] Dining table in tenant house at Oakland Plantation[/caption]

Cabin Grand Opening

Posted by on December 13th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches In the Press

On Saturday December 15 at 2:30 p.m. Cane River Creole National Historical Park will hold the grand opening of its newly furnished slave/tenant cabin. The effort to furnish the cabin was led by former Oakland Plantation resident Elvin Shields. Elvin was born on Melrose Plantation in 1948 and moved to Oakland Plantation in 1954 where he lived until 1962. After serving in Vietnam, Elvin would marry his sweetheart Betty Robinson. Elvin would eventually go on to serve as a Supervisory Mechanical Engineer for the National Guard Bureau Army Installations at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Since his retirement Elvin has volunteered at the National Park, sharing his childhood experiences with school groups and visitors of all ages. Elvin specializes in demonstrating the toy-making techniques used by his siblings and other plantation kids. The cabin will be furnished to resemble the period when Elvin lived at Oakland, and will serve as one of the only examples in the United States of an original slave/tenant cabin furnished by a former plantation resident. Prior to the grand-opening please join us at Oakland for holiday crafts and live music from Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  This promises to be a truly memorable experience that you will not want to miss. Cane River Creole NHP's Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open seven days a week from 8am-4pm except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. To reach Oakland Plantation, take I-49 to Exit 127, Flora/Cypress. Head east on LA Highway 120 toward Cypress.  Once you reach the LA Highway 1 intersection cross over LA Highway 1 onto LA Highway 494. The parking lot and entrance pavilion for Oakland are 4.5 miles east of Highway 1 on the left. To reach the grounds of Magnolia Plantation, take I-49 to Exit 119, Derry. Head east on LA Highway 119. Cross over LA Highway 1 and proceed for two miles. The grounds of Magnolia Plantation are on the right.  The main at house at Magnolia is privately owned and not open to the public. For more information call 318 356-8441 or visit our website at: http://www.nps.gov/cari/                                      

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