Students tour Natchitoches and learn its history

Third grade students from schools in Natchitoches Parish visited many historical places in downtown Natchitoches during the week of Sept. 23-27. This program is organized by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN). Eighth grade students portrayed characters that had a part in the area’s history.

Students toured all the historic pieces in the LA Sports Hall of Fame and listened to music by Ed Huey who showed them how to play a harmonica and a diddly bo, a one-stringed guitar usually made from cigar boxes. Natchitoches Lions Club and LEO members passed out lemonade and cookies provided by the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.

Other stops included the Lemee House, the Prudhomme Rouquier House, the First United Methodist Church, Trinity Espiscopal Church, and the Immaculate Conception Church.

Some of the last stops were the Roque House and beau Jardin. Students learned about the different types of boats that came down the Mississippi River. Students also loved hearing the history of the Roque House.