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Natchitoches, Louisiana’s Oldest City

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In all of Louisiana, no other place as unique as the Cane River Country exists. The oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory, Natchitoches (Nack-a-tish) is a vibrant small town dedicated to preserving its incredibly rich and diverse heritage.

Located in North-Central Louisiana on Interstate 49 you will find the original French Colony in Louisiana, established in 1714, and located on the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

Meetings and conferences love the quaint charm of Natchitoches’ Landmark Historic District, where the Natchitoches Events Center and Chateau St. Denis meeting spaces are located. Both sites are walking distance from locally owned-and-operated restaurants, shopping, tours, museums and several non-traditional meetings spaces for evening events and smaller gatherings. These out-of-the-ordinary meetings can be just what the CEO ordered, leaving your group feeling rejuvenated and more productive.

Natchitoches, well known for the filming of Steel Magnolias, is also known as the “City of Lights” from mid-November though the New Year. The world-famous Natchitoches Christmas Festival is always held on the first Saturday in December. Throughout the year the town celebrates music, food and culture with events and festivals, including the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, Natchitoches Jazz & R&B Festival, Natchitoches/Northwestern State University Folk Festival, and Natchitoches Car Show.

The Cane River National Heritage Area Trail includes historic homes open for tours along the Cane River including Melrose Plantation and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park units at Oakland Plantation and the complex located at Magnolia Plantation. Explore Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, a full scale replica of the French fort built in 1732, or Los Adaes State Historic Site, where visitors can explore the site that was once the capital of Texas.

Outdoor enthusiasts can experience the natural resources of the Cane River region by hiking and biking in the Kisatchie National Forest, fishing and boating in numerous lakes, bayous and rivers, and exploring the trails and byways connected to the Cane River National Heritage Area.

Begin planning your next meeting in Louisiana’s Oldest City by visiting online at or call 800-259-1714.

Contact Information:

Leanna Coy

Groups & Tourism Sales Manager

Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau

780 Front Street, Suite 100

Natchitoches, LA 71457



Chateau St. Denis

Natchitoches Events Center

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum is a combined venue that will create a unique backdrop for your Natchitoches event.