Kodak Ektar in Smena 8M, various locations

Slave cabins at Magnolia Plantation in Natchitoches Parish:

Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia Plantation

Grave house at Bay Springs Cemetery in Natchitoches Parish:

Grave house

St. Augustine Church in Natchez, LA:

St. Augustine

Lake Charles City Cemetery:

Lake Charles City Cemetery

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Natchitoches Parish, LA

I went up to Natchitoches the Saturday after Thanksgiving to go to a local crafts show at the events center. I didn’t find anything I really felt the desire to spend money on–for some reason, it seemed like half the vendors were selling handmade bath bombs, which is… kind of a dated trend?–but I don’t count it as a wasted trip, as there were some things in the parish I’ve been wanting to photograph. (I’ve already photographed the town). As always, these are cell phone shots and film shots will follow when I finish shooting the roll and get them developed.

Slave cabins at Magnolia Plantation:

Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia Plantation

St. Augustine, which was built by free black planters who sat in the front pews ahead of white parishioners (decades before the Civil War):

St. Augustine

Bay Springs Cemetery, which had another grave house:

Bay Springs Cemetery

Bay Springs Cemetery

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Natchitoches, LA (some film shots)

I shot these with the LC-A+ and the Pink Dress; there were only a few frames left on each roll, I used most of them at LeBeau Plantation. That’s one reason I’d like to go back, the other is that there’s tons of stuff I didn’t even get to see (like the Catholic church).

Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia Plantation

American Cemetery

Magnolia Plantation

American Cemetery

American Cemetery

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Natchitoches, LA

Phil volunteered to cover a shift at the Natchitoches VA clinic on Friday, and Mom and I tagged along. It’s about as far from Abbeville as New Orleans, but north rather than east. Mom’s been there but always wanted to see it at Christmas (it’s famous throughout the south for the Christmas lights they put up along the main street and the Cane River Lake). I’ve never been there but always wanted to see it, it’s the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase–they’re celebrating 300 years next year.

American Cemetery

American Cemetery is only a few years younger than the town, and is considered to be the oldest extant cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase.

American Cemetery

The oldest markers are long gone, I think the oldest surviving one is from the last few years of the 18th century. But there are a lot of eroded bricks underfoot, so they’re all still down there somewhere.

Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store

Kaffie-Frederick is the oldest general store in Louisiana (that’s still in business), and they’ve been using the same cash register since 1910.

Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store

We picked Phil up for lunch and had meat pies for lunch, because what else are you going to eat in Natchitoches? There’s a restaurant in town, Laysone’s, that claims to have invented them, but that’s bullshit. That’s like claiming you invented the burrito. (It’s basically a regional variation of the empanada–people who aren’t from Louisiana always forget that we were a Spanish colony too, not just a French one.) Mom says the last time she and Phil ate there the pies were terrible, they tasted like they were made with potted meat and fried in old oil that tasted like rancid onions. So I went on Urbanspoon and found a place with good reviews, Merci Beaucoup on Church Street.

After lunch Mom and I drove down LA Highway 119. which is also the Cane River Heritage Trail.

Magnolia Plantation

The house at Magnolia Plantation is still privately owned and lived in by descendants of the original family that built it in the 1830s, but in 2001 they donated the land and surviving outbuildings to the National Park Service.

Magnolia Plantation

Melrose Plantation

Melrose Plantation is of interest because it was built by free people of color.

Oakland Plantation

Oakland Plantation had a general store that also served as the local post office for many years.

Christmas display

We stayed late enough to see all the lights come on. They even had a snow machine! I think it was some kind of soap suds.

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