Welcome to Main Street!
Welcome to historic Natchitoches! Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. You will find many choices in activities while here, including the 33-block National Historic Landmark District, one of three in the state of Louisiana. Enjoy a trolley car or horse and buggy tour of downtown or stroll the historic brick street overlooking Cane River Lake. If shopping is what you have in mind, you’re in the right place. You can find everything you’re looking for including home décor, books, local art, kitchenware, clothing, souvenirs, tasty treats and much more! While you’re here, enjoy one of our many fine restaurants and make sure you try a famous Natchitoches meat pie. Natchitoches is also well known for the filming of Steel Magnolias, a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of southern women in Louisiana. The charm of Natchitoches depicted in this movie is a reality. Natchitoches is rich in arts and culture and is home to the Cane River National Heritage Area where you will find several plantation homes open for tours including Magnolia, Oakland, and Melrose. With almost 40 Bed and Breakfast amenities in the historic district, it only makes sense to join us each year for the Fall Tour or Christmas Tour of Homes. Year round festivities keep Natchitoches full of activity. So any time of year and any day of the week is the perfect time to visit historic Natchitoches!
Natchitoches Main Street Program
Natchitoches’ commercial district is located in a National Historic Landmark District and the Cane River National Heritage Area. The city-funded Natchitoches Main Street program, which Louisiana Main Street designated in 1993, cultivates strong partnerships with preservation, economic development and tourism organizations to gain broad-based support of its commercial district revitalization efforts. The Main Street Four-Point Approach is a community-driven, comprehensive methodology used to revitalize older, traditional business districts throughout the United States. The underlying premise of the Main Street approach is to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation in ways appropriate to today's marketplace. The Main Street Approach advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on their unique assets: distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership and a sense of community. The Main Street Four-Point Approach is a comprehensive strategy that is tailored to meet local needs and opportunities. It encompasses work in four distinct areas-Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotion and Organization. These concepts are combined to address all of the commercial district's needs.