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Fort St. Jean Baptiste

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Always bring out of town visitors here

It's small, but it accurately depicts the settlement as it once existed on the banks of the river... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
John R
Worth the side trip!

Fort St. Jean de Baptiste was founded 1716, the oldest continually inhabited place in Louisiana... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Mineral Wells, Texas
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155 S Jefferson St, Natchitoches, LA 71457-3360
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Reviewed 14 July 2018

It's small, but it accurately depicts the settlement as it once existed on the banks of the river. One can't help but marvel at the small size of the fort. Aside from living quarters and barracks, the fort also protected a small store and church.

Thank John R
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Fort St. Jean de Baptiste was founded 1716, the oldest continually inhabited place in Louisiana. The fort is a wealth of information as you wander through the grounds under the shade of ancient trees. There is a resident historian on staff to answer questions. Take...More

2  Thank beachytj1963
Reviewed 29 June 2018

This was a replica of the original french fort that stood here. it was very neat you got a ride down to the fort from the visitors center or you could walk and along the way there were replicas of other old buildings from the...More

Thank Garrett G
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We went on the tour with our family of 5. The staff were so kind and helpful. We loved watching the video and our 9 year old historian was enthralled!! There is so much history in this place!! We loved walking back to the Fort...More

Thank Bri B
Reviewed 30 May 2018

We stopped at the fort not expecting much and were pleasantly surprised. Both my husband and I have history degrees and enjoyed the museum. The re-enactors at the fort were very well informed on the history of the fort. The grounds are peaceful and look...More

Thank kareneaker
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Nice fort to see buildings and what life living in a fort was about. A short walk to see it. Only took about 30 minutes to tour it. It might have more activity later on this summer.

Thank klw40
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

I think my HS spent a couple of hours on the Louisiana purchase. Basically, I learned that It dramatically increased the US landmass, the French generally got along with native tribes, the French had a lot of trappers and traders. That was it, other than...More

Thank Anthony P
Reviewed 2 May 2018

We had fun wandering the rebuilt fort (original was across the street and no longer there). Very knowledgeable guide in funny time period uniform. We were the only ones so he followed us around and answered all kinds of questions and gave good info.

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

This little museum and old fort made for a nice stop. We learned a little history of the area and also how to correctly pronounce the name of the town. There is a short video and tour guides to answer any questions. The fort was...More

1  Thank NinaL3039
Reviewed 18 March 2018

We spent well over an hour here, There is a very informative video to watch and the staff were well informed and really friendly, I would heartily recommend a visit.

1  Thank Lynne K
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Suzie W
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They will be open. Here's the phone number if you'd like to call. 1-888-677-7853