City of Lights

Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in Louisiana. A blending of colonial French and Spanish cultures makes it "The New Orleans of North Louisiana," a melting pot of diversity and charm.

Founded in 1714 by Louis Juchereau De St. Denis, the city of Natchitoches was originally established as an outpost on the Red River to facilitate trade with the Spanish in Mexico. This site was selected on the West bank of the Red river near a village of Natchitoches Indians, a tribe whose name means "Chinquapin-Eaters".

Today, Natchitoches' Christmas Festival attracts thousands of tourists. Visitors are also attracted to the Annual Tour of Homes and Plantations, The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, The Steel Magnolias Tour, as well as arts and crafts, folk festivals and much more.

To enjoy either a relaxing evening or to have accommodations to enjoy a fun filled vacation, experience it all while staying at the Jefferson House Bed & Breakfast.