President and Mrs. Chris Maggio invite you to a special night of Christmas magic at Northwestern State University. Join the Maggios at the President’s Home as you are welcomed to the historic campus, founded in 1884. Walk past the three remaining columns of the Bullard Mansion, a symbol of the university, as well as the Sorority House and the Creole Heritage Center. It was built in 1832 and was a convent for a time around 1856. While you tour the area, be sure to ask about the Legend of Isabella! The convergence of three streets, just yards for the President’s home was the site of St. Denis’ Vacherie. This site was founded in 1700 by St. Denis and Bienville. The Old President’s Home, built in 1927, is now the home of the Alumni Center. If you’re lucky, you may be treated to a pop-up performance by the excellent Creative and Performing Arts department as you stroll through the candlelit campus.
Tickets will be available at the Natchitoches Convention and Visitor Bureau - 780 Front St. Suite 100 the day of the tour, online at www.natchitocheshf.com, and at houses on tour each day of the tour. Tickets are $20/person. Children 12 and under are free. Each ticket entitles adults over 21 a complimentary glass of wine at Maglieaux Riverfront Restaurant following the tour.
The Christmas Tour of Homes is a holiday tour of uniquely decorated homes in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The event will feature docent-led commentaries on the history of each property as well as the unique holiday decorations. The Christmas Tour of Homes is a walking tour.
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.