Fort Saint Jean Baptiste State Historic Site

Fort Saint Jean Baptiste State Historic Site


Location:On the banks of the Cane River between downtown Natchitoches and Northwestern State University.
Facilities:Historic structures, exhibits, visitor center, restrooms, picnic area.
Activities:Guided tours, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Park features a full-scale replica of a French fort built in 1732 and the site of first the permanent European settlement in the territory later known as the Louisiana Purchase. The fort was a strategic outpost that evolved into a primary trading center for the French in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Address:155 Rue Jefferson
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Phone:318-357-3101
Phone: 888-677-7853;
Web: www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iftstjean.aspx
Size: 7 acres.

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