While the Natchitoches Christmas Festival season is well known for its signature fireworks displays, a different kind of pyrotechnics reverberated around Fort St Jean Baptiste. Cannon and musket fire rang out in the fort as 22 colonial reenactors brought history to life for a crowd of delighted visitors. The reenactors were celebrating “Christmas on the Cane” Saturday, December 3.
The volunteer reenactors joined the fort’s staff in demonstrating aspects of life in the 18th century, such as cooking, clothing, and other aspects of day-to-day life in 1700’s North Louisiana.
Fort St Jean Baptiste is a hidden gem in our area. The interpretive rangers have an incredible store of historical knowledge and are eager to share it with visitors. While the fort is well worth a visit at any time, it is truly wonderful on Festival Day. For a very modest admission fee, there are all kinds of activities to keep youngsters (and the not so young) happily busy. There is plenty of space for children to play and learn (as well as bathrooms and air conditioning inside the museum building!)