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Itinerary for NATCHITOCHES Trip

(all times figured from Lake Charles)

6:15amReport to school
6:30amLeave school for Natchitoches (with or without you)
7:15amRest stop McDonalds (breakfast-restroom stop) 30min
9:00amArrive Natchitoches
9:15amVisit Front Street, Cane River / Steel Magnolias tour, Walk of Fame
11:30amWalk to Lasyone's for lunch, visit ICC Church
12:45pmArrive at American Cemetary
1:30pmArrive Ft. St. Jean Baptiste
3:30pmArrive NSU / LA Sports Hall of Fame
5:00pmLeave Natchitoches
6:30pmSupper in Leesville
9:30pmArrive at school

Please have someone to pick up you up at this time.
Phone will be available if we arrive earlier.


All school rules and discipline will apply before and during this trip. Remember that you are here at MY INVITATION. You may be removed at MY discretion. SMALL coolers and snacks may be brought on trip. SMALL personal radios/cassettes may be used but ONLY with earphones. BRING CAMERA AND PLENTY OF FILM.
Shorts may be worn but follow school handbook as to length and style. Dress neatly. Your seat must remain in the seat at all times, no legs, heads, or arms are to be extended into the aisle of the bus by any student. If you lay down or sleep, you must be in or on your seat only. Before breakfast and after supper, all students will sit with students of the same gender, between those times you may sit with student of your choice. No seat changing except at stops listed above.
Any violation of these rules will result in student(s) sitting in front seat with chaperons for the remaining duration of the trip.
No money will be needed except for personal souvenirs.


Natchitoches' Historic District - The thirty-three block Historic District of Natchitoches which includes more than fifty centuries-old buildings, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Departrnent of Interior.The reconstructed Fort St. Jean Baptiste symbolizes colonial days in Natchitoches while the mercantile buildings and houses with cast iron grill work galleries over looking Cane River Lake are reminiscent of the days of the Cotton Kingdom and Natchitoches' role as a river port. Town houses along front and Jefferson Streets and beautifully landscapedinterior streets served as second homes for the down-river planters who enjoyed 'the season' in town or as comfortable domiciles during inclement weather. These historic sites have also attracted the movie industry. Natchitoches is proud to be the home of the filming of Steel Magnolias, The Horse Soldiers, and Man in the Moon.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Commemorative Area, corner of Mill and Jefferson, Natchitoches. Reconstructed facility is exact replica of 1732 fort. Sharpened log walls protect barracks, warehouse, chapel, mess hall, powder magazine, Indian huts. Fort was strategic outpost for French, designed to prevent Spanish from advancing further in to Louisiana. (318)357-3101

American Cemetery, at Demeziere and Second Sts., Natchitoches. Tree-shaded cemetery contains many lost graves of early 1700s, marked tombs dating back to 1790s. Emanuela de St. Denis, widow of founder of Natchitoches, buried here.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Prather Coliseum, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches. Operated by Louisiana Sports Writers Association, hall honors 132 of states greatest sports figures. Color portraits of Hall of Fame members, sports memorabilia donated by members, and families. (318)357-6466

LASYONE'S is located at 622 Second Street, "In the heart of Downtown Natchitoches," Louisiana's oldest city, founded in 1714. For several years now it has been the stopping place for breakfast, lunch and dinner for motor coach lines and tourists. They offer a large menu, specializing in "The Meat Pie Lunch" and for dessert one must eat our very own "Cane River Cream Pie". Another tasty, southern special is our "Red Beans and Sausage" served with hot cornbread. Lasyone's is a unique little restaurant with four dining rooms, a friendly atmosphere and "old-style" decor. Magazine and newspaper articles, and TV coverage, have made our meat pies known nationwide. (318)352-3353

Front Street Buildings, 700 block of Front St., Natchitoches. Brick-paved streets are home to antebellum structures of original "downtown" Natchitoches including a hardware store dating back to 1863.

Cane River Tours - Trolley tour of various Steel Magnolia homes and movie sites. (318)357-9387

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, at Church and 2nd Sts., Natchitoches. Built 1850s-1880s, church features spiral staircase with no central support. Graves of former bishops located near altar.

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