Local author Brad Dison has just released a new book entitled “Natchitoches Historic District Walking Tour,” the only self-guided walking tour book of Natchitoches. The walking tour book covers 58 sites in the Historic District. Getting from site to site is easy when using the included maps and pictures. Visit the sites in the order laid out in the book or plan your own route. The book also includes sections on where to eat, sleep, shop, and what to see and do in the Historic District. Sites include the histories of Cane River Lake, Front Street, the oldest general store in Louisiana, a reconstructed fort from the early 1700s, a sports hall of fame, sites of deadly shootouts, the site of a dual, the site believed to hold the tomb of the founder of Natchitoches, historic eateries, parks, historic churches, the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase, and many historic homes dating from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
Brad said he wrote the book because “there is so much history in Natchitoches but accessing that history was difficult. There wasn’t an easy way to learn about the Historic District without reading dozens of books.” He started this project for his own enjoyment and, after sharing some of the stories with his family and friends, it turned into a book.” Brad graduated with a bachelor’s B.A. in history from NSU and earned his M.A. in history from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Brad has published several scholarly articles and books on topics of North Louisiana History including Bienville Parish: Images of America, and Whiskey and Blood, the Story of Four Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Killed by Bootleggers During Prohibition.
The “Natchitoches Historic District Walking Tour” book is currently available at Georgia’s Gift Shop at 626 Front Street in Natchitoches and on Amazon.com.