Friday, July 13, 2018

Fort St. Jean Baptiste





Our beach vacation began with a road trip, and that does mean a historical pit stop is required. Ray's a good sport and indulges me on our adventures.  We stopped in Natchitoches LA - quaint historical town on the Cane River. It was time to stretch the legs and mind.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste is a replication of the 1714 site - French Colonial life is depicted.  Over 2000 pine logs form the palisade and over 250,000 board feet of lumber went into the building construction.  Hinges and latches were handmade at a nearby foundry. It was interesting to tour the living quarters, the old kitchen, see the big outdoor bread oven, a church, and the jail.

It was quite humid. I can't imagine wearing the heavy layers of clothes folks wore back in colonial times. Whew!

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  1. Sounds and looks good Joanne. Pleased you had a wonderful time.

    Yvonne.

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    1. always good to learn something new

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  2. Cool! It looks just like an old fort we visited in Florida a few years back.

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  3. I can't imagine either! People back then must've been constantly sweaty.

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    1. that's why the French invented perfume!

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  4. Hi Joanne - yes I've often thought about travelling back then - to my tender eyes 'horrendous'!! But great you were able to look in and envision (to some extent) those days ... great to see the pictures ... cheers Hilary

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    1. you'd have enjoyed the little tour

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  5. We stayed there for a few days a couple of years ago - very interesting area and the Fort is well done. Did you make it to a plantation?

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    1. the Fort was our only pit stop on the way to Gulf Shores. But I'd go back to see more

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  6. They sure had to sweat to death back then, plus they probably stunk way more too.

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    1. it would have been quite swampy in the summer

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  7. It looks like a great place to visit. Glad you got to experience it.

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    1. me too. I like finding new (old) stuff to see

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  8. Sounds like a great place to visit!

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    1. something different to see and to appreciate "olden times"

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