The Natchitoches Historic Foundation is dedicated to its mission of preservation, education and advocacy. By becoming a member of the Foundation you become a part of preserving our historic community. 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 and 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, Projects

Hillary Bennett - Vice President, Communications

Susan Barron - Vice President, Property

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, 3:00 - 6:00pm. Tickets $15 for Adults, children 12 and under are free.

During this event. the Foundation spotlights the lives and accomplishments of people interred in the American Cemetery through vignettes provided by costumed actors portraying historically significant people. The tour also includes mourning and burial memorabilia unique to the region going back several decades. Docents educate visitors about the traditions of death and dying in the South. 

The tour begins at the American Cemetery entrance, located just to the north of Holy Cross Church on Second Street, parking is available north of the Cemetery.  Tickets may be purchased at the entrance on Second Street. 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.

The Christmas Tour of Homes is a holiday tour of uniquely decorated homes in the Natchitoches, Louisiana.  The event, will feature docent led commentaries on the history of each property as well as the unique holiday decorations. This unique tour consists of homes built last year as well as nearly 200 years ago.

The Christmas Tour of Homes is a walking tour.  Thursday night tours are sponsored by Maglieaux's and The Landing and will feature a complimentary glass of wine at the end of the tour. The Saturday tours will trace Steel Magnolia venues and will include photo opportunities of sites included on the tour. Friday night sites can be accessed in conjunction with Christmas Along Poete. Tickets for Christmas Along Poete will be available at each end of Poete Street which will be closed to traffic. 

 We invite you to experience the charm of historic Natchitoches during this annual holiday event. Proceeds from the Tour benefit restoration of properties in the Natchitoches Parish area.

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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

Periodically, the Natchitoches Historic Foundation sponsors cemetery clean ups in the community, primarily in the American Cemetery. The  The American Cemetery was established around 1737 and is the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase.  Foundation members and volunteers clean the headstones and gravesites with great care. Cemetery cleaning events are held throughout the year.

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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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