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Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
Description:The site obtained for the replication of Fort St. Jean Baptiste is located on Cane River Lake (formerly the Red River) a few hundred yards from the original fort site. The fort replication was based upon Broutin's plans and on extensive archival research in Louisiana, Canada and France. Construction began in 1979 under the direction of the late Samuel Wilson, Jr. and the Louisiana Office of State Parks. Building materials were obtained locally, and many 18th-century techniques were employed in the replication. Nearly 2,000 treated pine logs form the palisade and approximately 250,000 board feet of treated lumber went into the construction of the buildings. All of the hinges and latches were handmade at a nearby foundry. Further historical research is ongoing.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:155 Rue Jefferson
Address 2:
City:Natchitoches
State/Province:LA
Zip Code:71457
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Admission:$2 per person; free for seniors (62 and over) and for children age 12 and under. Groups are asked to call in advance.
Telephone:(888) 677-7853
Website:http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iftstjean.aspx
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