History isn’t as bland of a subject as it’s sometimes portrayed. Many people probably think of a stack of dusty books taking up space in a classroom or library, but I envision a vibrant picture of stories preserved by people, places, and culture.
So few communities today embrace their past as closely as Natchitoches, Louisiana. The town is a heritage tourism hot-spot due to its unique blend of the past and present. While the locals are a relatively forward-looking population, tradition and culture are planted deep within daily life.
The relaxed style of living adds to the close-knit feel of the community. People still hold doors and respond with “ma’am” or “sir” regardless of age. Looking beyond the intangible, physical reminders of Natchitoches’ storied past are synonymous with any visit to the town.
Anyone who can properly pronounce “Natchitoches” most likely associates a memory with one of three things: Christmas lights, meat pies, or brick-paved Front Street. Continue reading