Keeper of the King's Store House and Paymaster of the Militia
Natchitoches, Louisiana (PRWEB) July 16, 2009
Barbara Bailey in announcing her "Steel Magnolias" Tour in Natchitoches, Louisiana (Nak-a-tosh) states "As engaging as I find the movie, the real live story behind the movie is even more inspiring. It has warmth, humor and the capacity to touch something very deep within us".
Discover History: Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Its founder was a French Canadian, Louis Juchereau De St. Denis. St Denis was en route from Mobile, Alabama to Mexico on a trade mission. He stopped in an area occupied by the Natchitoches Indians. Although St. Denis continued on his journey, he left men to guard their provisions. This humble beginning became Fort St. Jean Baptiste in what is now Natchitoches..
The purpose of the Fort was to impede further Spanish incursion in the new world. The Spanish Colonial Capitol of Texas was located at Los Adaes less than 20 miles to the west of the French Fort. Two European colonial powers faced each other in the new world at Natchitoches.
Hear The Stories: Natchitoches and the Cane River Area is a "story formed community" defined culturally by the stories told in the community. Barbara is a student of the stories and is learning more on a daily basis. Visitors will delight in and relate to the stories of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.
Meet the People: In Natchitoches cultures met, sometime clashed, but melded into a fascinating people with a rich cultural heritage. Barbara's grandfather, Francois Duprey Dion Derbonne, nine generations back was posted at Fort St. Jean Baptiste. His commission read "Keeper of the King's Store House and Paymaster of the Militia".
The rich diversity of Natchitoches includes the Cane River Creole people as well as Clementine Hunter, the African American folk artist, who lived at Melrose Plantation. She told the stories of Cane River life with her paintings. Just a few miles south of Melrose, lived Kate Chopin.
Savor the Food: Many visitors have a hard time deciding what they want to tell their friends about their visit to Natchitoches. Will it be the incredible places visited or will it be the savory local Natchitoches food? Natchitoches Meat Pies, gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole, red beans and rice, and oyster po-boys are specialties of local restaurants.
Tour Natchitoches with Barbara itineraries include:
Plantation Tours: Visit Melrose Plantation where Cammie Henry established an artist colony. She provided room and board to novelists, poets, writers and painters who lived there as long as they were creative and productive. Clementine Hunter lived and painted at Melrose.
Delight in a Creole Plantation with 32 original out buildings at Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Tour the Cane River National Heritage Area. Oakland Plantation was home to the Prud'homme family from the late 1700's until 1994.
"Steel Magnolias" Tour: Hear the real stories behind the movie and Broadway play. Visit the filming locations where Shelby lived with her parents, and where Truvy ran her Beauty Shop. Enter the church where Shelby was married. Walk the lane where M'Lynn wanted to hit something and Clairee offered "Ouiser" as the target.
City Tours: Explore historic downtown Natchitoches, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the 1896 Courthouse, scenic Front Street paved with bricks overlooking Cane River Lake. Shop at Kaffie- Frederick General Mercantile in business since 1863, Louisiana's oldest general store.
Step-on Bus Tours:
Barbara will meet buses or vans and conduct a tour according to the group's interest and schedule.
Downtown Walking or Driving Tours:
Visit historic churches and townhouses where plantation owners spent time to shop, attend mass or conduct business. See the Prud'homme-Roquier House built ca. 1790.
Tour Natchitoches with Barbara will customize a Tour to suit the interests and time schedule of each visitor.
Other options and itineraries are available. Contact Tour Natchitoches with Barbara for information.
Barbara is uniquely qualified as a Tour Guide. She is an avid student of history and constantly searches for information about Natchitoches. Her roots grow deep in Natchitoches soil and her love for its people and culture is strong.
For additional information about Tour Natchitoches With Barbara, contact Barbara Bailey at:
info (at) tournatchitocheswithbarbara (dot) com or call (318) 352-5469 or (318) 663-5468
Visit us on the web: http://www.tournatchitocheswithbarbara.com
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