The Natchitoches Historic Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of historic sites in our areas. Such as the Cunningham Law Office, the Roque House, and the Hankin’s House. By becoming a member of the Foundation you are able to become part of history. Your contributions are used to support projects that will increase awareness of the historical importance of this area, and to support restoration and preservation of historic sites. Many sites are in danger due to neglect, vandalism, development, and callous public policy. However this loss is not inescapable.

Through your efforts in concert with the Natchitoches historic Foundation, these places can be saved. As a member, you can know that you are doing your part to ensure that our heritage is part of the future. As a member of the Natchitoches Historic Foundation you will receive a semi-annual newsletter from the Foundation concerning all activities; you are eligible to attend all Foundation activities, not limited to biannual meetings, educational seminars, and long range planning activities. For more information, email us at natchitocheshf@gmail.com

Natchitoches Historic Foundation Officers of the Board

Cathy R. Seymour, Ed.D - President

Karen C. Townsend - Vice President

Ron McBride, Ph.D. - Vice President, Publicity & Technology

Donna Yacoe - Secretary

Sue Breedlove - Treasurer

history among the tombstones, stories from the american cemetery

The American Cemetery - 200 2nd Street Natchitoches, LA

October 7, 2017, 4:00 - 7:00pm.

The tour begins at the American Cemetery entrance, located just to the north of Holy Cross Church, parking is available across Second Street from the Cemetery.  All proceeds raised from the tour will be used for historic preservation, restoration, and educational projects in Natchitoches.

Christmas Tour of Homes

2017 Dates - December 7th, 5:00 - 8:00pm; December 8th, 5:00 - 8:00pm; December 9th 1:00 - 4:00pm

December 14th, 5:00 - 8:00pm; December 15th, 5:00 - 8:00pm; December 16th, 1:00 - 4:00pm;

Tickets will be available at the Natchitoches Convention and Visitor Bureau - 780 Front St. Suite 100 and at houses on tour each day of the tour.

Christmas by Candlelight is a holiday tour of uniquely decorated homes in the Natchitoches, Louisiana. Proceeds from the Tour benefit restoration of properties in the Natchitoches Parish area.  The event, will feature beautifully decorated homes. What makes Christmas by Candlelight so special and unique is that it consists of homes built last year as well as nearly 200 years ago. Experience the charm of historic Natchitoches during this annual holiday event.

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Christmas along Poete

December 8, 2017, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Tickets are available at the Natchitoches Convention and Visitor Bureau - 780 Front St. Suite 100 and at houses on tour each day of the tour.

For the first time, NHF will close Poete Street between Jefferson St. and Second St. to highlight venues for Mrs. Claus with her cookies to decorate, Santa's elves helping children create ornaments from natural materials, dancers celebrating the season, musicians playing seasonal music, and other events for family fun.  Additionally, houses along Poete will be open for touring. 

American Cemetery Cleanup

The American Cemetery Cleanup was sponsored by the Natchitoches
Historic Foundation on Sunday, March 19th.  This cemetery was
established around 1737 and is the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana
Purchase.  NHF members and volunteers cleaned the headstones and
gravesites with great care. More cleanup workshops will be held
throughout the year.

NHF is organized and is to be operated for the exclusive purpose of
supporting and promoting the preservation of history in Natchitoches
Parish through educatioin and advocacy.  Membership is open to all
persons who are interested in supporting the purpose of NHF.

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Cunningham Law Office

The Cunningham Law Office, now the Natchitoches Historic Foundation headquarters, was built in 1860 by Henry Safford and is available to rent. The building was constructed of 36 foot virgin pine sills held in place by wooden pegs still as sound as the day they were fitted together by hand. When completed, the building sold for the fascinating sum of $1,883.44 5/12.

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation purchased the property from Cunningham heirs and restoration was completed in October of 1994. The building is on The National Register of Historic Places.

The house contains beautifully restored heart of pine floors. Furniture in the first office ranges from The American Empire Period (1830-1840) to The American Victorian Period (1860’s).  The boardroom boasts a large walnut table dating from the late Victorian Period.

The Law Office houses a collection of Clementine Hunter paintings, renowned primitive artist, is displayed, donated by Mildred Bailey, a founding member of the Natchitoches Historic Foundation, from her private collection.  A portrait of Dr. Bailey with Clementine Hunter is displayed with the collection.  The collection is arranged from her earliest works on the left to the latest works on the right. The large center painting was completed in the 1940’s.

To rent this historic home, please contact the foundation at natchitocheshf@gmail.com.



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Our purpose and mission is to preserve our historic sites and community. Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the entire Louisiana Purchase. The city was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana. The community was named after the native Natchitoches people.

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