Natchitoches (pronounced nack-a-tish) is Louisiana’s oldest city, the oldest settlement in the land acquired by the Lousiana Purchase. Established in 1714, there are over 200 structures in the city’s historic district, on both sides of the Cane River, listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Ornate wrought iron benches line the banks of the pristine river. The Historic District appears to be straight out of a movie set. In fact, half a dozen movies have been filmed here, including Steel Magnolias (starring Dolly Pardon and Julia Roberts). From the riverbank we watched as a thunderstorm rolled into town, wishing we had a nice view from one of the beautiful historic houses along the Cane River.