Natchitoches Historic Foundation offers holiday tours Dec. 8

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Tinsel & Treats Historic Porches Tour (Thursdays):
Join the Natchitoches Historic Foundation for a uniquely curated Christmas tour of historic porches. The tour will begin at The Historic Cunningham Law Office (550 Second Street.) At 5:30PM we will open our doors for self-guided tours of The Cunningham Law Office, hors d’oeuvres, and Christmas cordials. Beginning PROMPTLY AT 6:00PM, ticket holders will embark on a GUIDED walking tour through our National Landmark District. The tour will make various stops at select properties where ticket holders will enjoy stories, Christmas decorations, history, and signature tastings provided by homeowners.
The actual distance covered is slightly less than a mile and the tour will take approximately 2 hours. WEAR YOUR WALKING SHOES! This particular tour does NOT accommodate driving from location to location. If you are unable to walk long distances, please join us for one of our Friday or Saturday tours. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Each Tinsel & Treats Tour ticket entitles adults over 21 to a complimentary glass of HOUSE wine at Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant following the tour.
*Because the Tinsel and Treats Christmas Tour is mostly outdoors, it is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. If the tour is cancelled, we will honor all Tinsel & Treats tickets at either our Friday or Saturday tours. No action will be required on your part. We keep accurate records of all tickets and ticket holders at each property. Friday and Saturday Tours are mostly indoors, so we never cancel them. In the event of rain or bad weather, pack an umbrella and plan to enjoy something special indoors. Refunds will be available upon request.
Christmas Tour of Homes (Fridays):
The Laureate House (225 rue Poete):
Dripping in decadence and Southern hospitality, the Laureate House tells a myriad of stories dating back to the early 1800’s. Located along picturesque rue Poete, the home was restored in the 1950’s and contains a cellar that was connected to the bayou. The homeowner’s display an heirloom Santa and Nutcracker collection gathered from different European Christmas markets. The tour also features the homeowner’s art collection showcasing pieces by James Hunter.
Prud’homme-Rouquier House (446 rue Jefferson)
Francois Rouquier built this extraordinary home in 1790. His home was considered a showplace of its time, containing more elaborate architectural details than other structures in the area. It is the largest bousillage structure in North America. The Service League of Natchitoches curates a unique presentation of local history, art, and Christmas traditions to inspire visitors to come back year after year. The Prud’homme-Rouquier House is available to rent. For more information visit www.service-league.net
The Jefferson House (229 rue Jefferson):
Christmas Around the World – The Jefferson House Bed and Breakfast is a Colonial-style home circa 1967 built by Jules Barre, features century old hand-hewn cypress beams, eloquently furnished with Far Eastern antiques along with Santa’s and décor from around the globe. Beautiful terrace and tranquil courtyard accented with Lombok pottery overlooking the Cane River.
Each Tinsel & Treats Tour ticket entitles adults over 21 to a complimentary glass of HOUSE wine at Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant following the tour.
Holly & History Tour of Homes (Saturdays):
The Historic Cunningham Law Office (550 Second Street)
The Cunningham Law Office, now the Natchitoches Historic Foundation headquarters, was built in 1860 by Henry Safford and is available to rent. The building was constructed of 36-foot virgin pine sills held in place by wooden pegs still as sound as the day they were fitted together by hand. The Law Office houses a large collection of rare Clementine Hunter paintings. You won’t want to miss the incredible Christmas Village display set up by local artisans.
The Lemee House (310 rue Jefferson)
The Lemee House is one of Natchitoches’ most beautiful and important historic homes. Built in 1837, the home has been many things to many people; first a home, then a bank, and ultimately the spark that would ignite the preservation movement in Natchitoches. Join the Calico Belles as they recreate the rich history of this historic home. The Lemee House was also Ouiser’s home in the movie, Steel Magnolias (not to be confused with The Steel Magnolias House next door.)
The Bayou Amulet House (202 rue Poete):
The Bayou Amulet House, built in 1853, is named for Natchitoches’ very own famous bayou. The actual bayou was first called Bayou a la Mule. This is where mules were tied while their owners conducted business. French and Spanish traders used this area as a meeting point. The Bayou Amulet was restored in 2004 to a Greek Revival style popular in the mid-1800’s. The homeowner’s exhibit a collection of antique French oyster plates as well as Christmas garland draped over everything that will stand still.