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January  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Touring the Forts, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Forts Randolph and Buhlow were the last forts that surrendered to the Union in the Civil War. A park staff member will give visitors a brief orientation about the configuration, topography and strategic placement of Fort Randolph on the Red River. Visitors will then be directed to the entrance to the fort where they will proceed with a self guided tour along the elevated boardwalk. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Guided Museum Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Visitor Center at Fort Randolph has a number of interesting artifacts, as well as several educational elements. Exhibits are set up so that they can be appreciated and understood unguided, but a guide can often add interesting facts and antidotes to the visit. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Garden Tour, In partnership with the Rotary Club of Pineville, the site cultivates a Civil War-era vegetable garden. Some of the produce from the garden is used for period cooking demonstrations during the Campfire Cooking programs, while the remainder of the vegetables goes to the Main Street Mission in Pineville. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Firing the Musket – A Tutorial, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn the steps a soldier had to take to properly train to use a weapon in the Civil War. Please be aware the gun´s report is loud and you may have to cover your ears. This program is also available upon request. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Feeding the Troops: Army Food During the Civil War, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Smell and taste the rations issued and cooked on both sides of the conflict. As there were two distinctive sides of the Civil War, the Northern version of the army mess was a bit different than the Southern side. Learn about both through cooking demonstrations. Please request at least 24 hours in advance, with number of attendees. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - It´s All Related: A Southern Soldier´s Genealogy, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Find out how to search the sources to find out about your relative at Forts Randolph and Buhlow – on both Union and Confederate sides – during the Civil War. Once you´ve determined your ancestor was here, hear about the daily life of a soldier stationed here through diaries and letters of the soldiers stationed here. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Taking Time for Tea, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contrary to popular culture a "low" tea is actually the proper name for the fancy tea parties that one would see on television or in the movies. Learn about the history of the tea party and discuss "high" vs. "low" tea, then enjoy a historically-accurate tea party. This special program can be reserved for groups between 5 -25 attendees, for $10/person, and will last up to 2 hours. Guests are welcome to dress in period clothing. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - The Turn of the Wheel - Spinning, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn about early spinning techniques, as site staff discuss and demonstrate the use of wool carders, a spinning wheel and spinning with a drop spindle, as well as discuss the use of different fibers in the creation of yarn. The talk will also cover how the fibers spun at home were turned into the fabric used by colonial families. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays-Sundays • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Daily Living History, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors to the site will see at least one or more demonstrations including: musket firing, molding mini balls, military fort cleaning, carpentry, beading, weaving, and or cooking. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Escape from Fort St. Jean Baptiste, It is May 13, 1732…the Natchitoches colony and Fort are dealing with the aftermath of the Natchez attack; tension is high and conspiracy is all about. Participants are arrested and jailed in the fort under the accusation of conspiring with Fontaine to steal goods and money from the fort. Participants have to solve puzzles and complete tasks, in less than 45 minutes, to get past the guards and escape before St. Denis arrives for their trial. Groups must book in advance; fee to participate is $50.00 per group. Email fortstjean@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Fleur de Lis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration and participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Price for this special package is $10/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Commoner Package, Tour the visitor center, fort, and view a musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Cross of St. Louis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration, participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration, then choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets. Price for this special package is $15/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: St. Denis Package, Take a tour of the visitor center and fort and view a musket demonstration; then participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Participants can also choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets; followed by a session on cooking, weaving or woodworking. Price for this special package is $20/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/1/2018 • South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/1/2018 • North Toledo Bend State Park, Zwolle - First Day Hike, Begin 2018 on a healthy note by getting in your daily step count at the park. There is no specific time for you to show up, just show up and enjoy the beauty that our state park has to offer. Bring water, and be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
1/6/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon. Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/12/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - St. Denis Day Camp, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The fun and excitement of St Denis Summer Camp is now available during school holidays and parent-teacher conference days! Activities will depend on the season, including period games, nature walks, and more. Fee to attend will be $25 per child per day; campers will need to bring a sack lunch and drink, and dress appropriately for the weather. Preregistration is recommended, due to limited space. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/20/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Soldier, Militia and Courier de Bois on the Move, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. In this living history program see a camp setting for a soldier or civilian on the move across the Louisiana Territory. Learn how they survived on the frontier, how they dressed, cooked, prepared for the next day´s march and more. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.

February  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Touring the Forts, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Forts Randolph and Buhlow were the last forts that surrendered to the Union in the Civil War. A park staff member will give visitors a brief orientation about the configuration, topography and strategic placement of Fort Randolph on the Red River. Visitors will then be directed to the entrance to the fort where they will proceed with a self guided tour along the elevated boardwalk. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Guided Museum Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Visitor Center at Fort Randolph has a number of interesting artifacts, as well as several educational elements. Exhibits are set up so that they can be appreciated and understood unguided, but a guide can often add interesting facts and antidotes to the visit. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Garden Tour, In partnership with the Rotary Club of Pineville, the site cultivates a Civil War-era vegetable garden. Some of the produce from the garden is used for period cooking demonstrations during the Campfire Cooking programs, while the remainder of the vegetables goes to the Main Street Mission in Pineville. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Firing the Musket – A Tutorial, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn the steps a soldier had to take to properly train to use a weapon in the Civil War. Please be aware the gun´s report is loud and you may have to cover your ears. This program is also available upon request. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Feeding the Troops: Army Food During the Civil War, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Smell and taste the rations issued and cooked on both sides of the conflict. As there were two distinctive sides of the Civil War, the Northern version of the army mess was a bit different than the Southern side. Learn about both through cooking demonstrations. Please request at least 24 hours in advance, with number of attendees. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - It´s All Related: A Southern Soldier´s Genealogy, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Find out how to search the sources to find out about your relative at Forts Randolph and Buhlow – on both Union and Confederate sides – during the Civil War. Once you´ve determined your ancestor was here, hear about the daily life of a soldier stationed here through diaries and letters of the soldiers stationed here. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Taking Time for Tea, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contrary to popular culture a "low" tea is actually the proper name for the fancy tea parties that one would see on television or in the movies. Learn about the history of the tea party and discuss "high" vs. "low" tea, then enjoy a historically-accurate tea party. This special program can be reserved for groups between 5 -25 attendees, for $10/person, and will last up to 2 hours. Guests are welcome to dress in period clothing. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - The Turn of the Wheel - Spinning, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn about early spinning techniques, as site staff discuss and demonstrate the use of wool carders, a spinning wheel and spinning with a drop spindle, as well as discuss the use of different fibers in the creation of yarn. The talk will also cover how the fibers spun at home were turned into the fabric used by colonial families. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays-Sundays • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Daily Living History, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors to the site will see at least one or more demonstrations including: musket firing, molding mini balls, military fort cleaning, carpentry, beading, weaving, and or cooking. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Escape from Fort St. Jean Baptiste, It is May 13, 1732…the Natchitoches colony and Fort are dealing with the aftermath of the Natchez attack; tension is high and conspiracy is all about. Participants are arrested and jailed in the fort under the accusation of conspiring with Fontaine to steal goods and money from the fort. Participants have to solve puzzles and complete tasks, in less than 45 minutes, to get past the guards and escape before St. Denis arrives for their trial. Groups must book in advance; fee to participate is $50.00 per group. Email fortstjean@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Fleur de Lis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration and participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Price for this special package is $10/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Commoner Package, Tour the visitor center, fort, and view a musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Cross of St. Louis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration, participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration, then choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets. Price for this special package is $15/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: St. Denis Package, Take a tour of the visitor center and fort and view a musket demonstration; then participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Participants can also choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets; followed by a session on cooking, weaving or woodworking. Price for this special package is $20/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
2/3/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon. Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
2/17/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Soldier, Militia and Courier de Bois on the Move, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. In this living history program see a camp setting for a soldier or civilian on the move across the Louisiana Territory. Learn how they survived on the frontier, how they dressed, cooked, prepared for the next day´s march and more. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.

March  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Touring the Forts, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Forts Randolph and Buhlow were the last forts that surrendered to the Union in the Civil War. A park staff member will give visitors a brief orientation about the configuration, topography and strategic placement of Fort Randolph on the Red River. Visitors will then be directed to the entrance to the fort where they will proceed with a self guided tour along the elevated boardwalk. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Guided Museum Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Visitor Center at Fort Randolph has a number of interesting artifacts, as well as several educational elements. Exhibits are set up so that they can be appreciated and understood unguided, but a guide can often add interesting facts and antidotes to the visit. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Garden Tour, In partnership with the Rotary Club of Pineville, the site cultivates a Civil War-era vegetable garden. Some of the produce from the garden is used for period cooking demonstrations during the Campfire Cooking programs, while the remainder of the vegetables goes to the Main Street Mission in Pineville. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Firing the Musket – A Tutorial, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn the steps a soldier had to take to properly train to use a weapon in the Civil War. Please be aware the gun´s report is loud and you may have to cover your ears. This program is also available upon request. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Feeding the Troops: Army Food During the Civil War, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Smell and taste the rations issued and cooked on both sides of the conflict. As there were two distinctive sides of the Civil War, the Northern version of the army mess was a bit different than the Southern side. Learn about both through cooking demonstrations. Please request at least 24 hours in advance, with number of attendees. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - It´s All Related: A Southern Soldier´s Genealogy, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Find out how to search the sources to find out about your relative at Forts Randolph and Buhlow – on both Union and Confederate sides – during the Civil War. Once you´ve determined your ancestor was here, hear about the daily life of a soldier stationed here through diaries and letters of the soldiers stationed here. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Taking Time for Tea, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contrary to popular culture a "low" tea is actually the proper name for the fancy tea parties that one would see on television or in the movies. Learn about the history of the tea party and discuss "high" vs. "low" tea, then enjoy a historically-accurate tea party. This special program can be reserved for groups between 5 -25 attendees, for $10/person, and will last up to 2 hours. Guests are welcome to dress in period clothing. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - The Turn of the Wheel - Spinning, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn about early spinning techniques, as site staff discuss and demonstrate the use of wool carders, a spinning wheel and spinning with a drop spindle, as well as discuss the use of different fibers in the creation of yarn. The talk will also cover how the fibers spun at home were turned into the fabric used by colonial families. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays-Sundays • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Daily Living History, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors to the site will see at least one or more demonstrations including: musket firing, molding mini balls, military fort cleaning, carpentry, beading, weaving, and or cooking. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Escape from Fort St. Jean Baptiste, It is May 13, 1732…the Natchitoches colony and Fort are dealing with the aftermath of the Natchez attack; tension is high and conspiracy is all about. Participants are arrested and jailed in the fort under the accusation of conspiring with Fontaine to steal goods and money from the fort. Participants have to solve puzzles and complete tasks, in less than 45 minutes, to get past the guards and escape before St. Denis arrives for their trial. Groups must book in advance; fee to participate is $50.00 per group. Email fortstjean@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Fleur de Lis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration and participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Price for this special package is $10/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Commoner Package, Tour the visitor center, fort, and view a musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Cross of St. Louis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration, participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration, then choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets. Price for this special package is $15/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: St. Denis Package, Take a tour of the visitor center and fort and view a musket demonstration; then participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Participants can also choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets; followed by a session on cooking, weaving or woodworking. Price for this special package is $20/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
3/3/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon. Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
3/30/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - St. Denis Day Camp, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The fun and excitement of St Denis Summer Camp is now available during school holidays and parent-teacher conference days! Activities will depend on the season, including period games, nature walks, and more. Fee to attend will be $25 per child per day; campers will need to bring a sack lunch and drink, and dress appropriately for the weather. Preregistration is recommended, due to limited space. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.

April  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Touring the Forts, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Forts Randolph and Buhlow were the last forts that surrendered to the Union in the Civil War. A park staff member will give visitors a brief orientation about the configuration, topography and strategic placement of Fort Randolph on the Red River. Visitors will then be directed to the entrance to the fort where they will proceed with a self guided tour along the elevated boardwalk. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Guided Museum Tour, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Visitor Center at Fort Randolph has a number of interesting artifacts, as well as several educational elements. Exhibits are set up so that they can be appreciated and understood unguided, but a guide can often add interesting facts and antidotes to the visit. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Garden Tour, In partnership with the Rotary Club of Pineville, the site cultivates a Civil War-era vegetable garden. Some of the produce from the garden is used for period cooking demonstrations during the Campfire Cooking programs, while the remainder of the vegetables goes to the Main Street Mission in Pineville. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays - Sundays • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Firing the Musket – A Tutorial, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn the steps a soldier had to take to properly train to use a weapon in the Civil War. Please be aware the gun´s report is loud and you may have to cover your ears. This program is also available upon request. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Feeding the Troops: Army Food During the Civil War, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Smell and taste the rations issued and cooked on both sides of the conflict. As there were two distinctive sides of the Civil War, the Northern version of the army mess was a bit different than the Southern side. Learn about both through cooking demonstrations. Please request at least 24 hours in advance, with number of attendees. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - It´s All Related: A Southern Soldier´s Genealogy, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Find out how to search the sources to find out about your relative at Forts Randolph and Buhlow – on both Union and Confederate sides – during the Civil War. Once you´ve determined your ancestor was here, hear about the daily life of a soldier stationed here through diaries and letters of the soldiers stationed here. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Taking Time for Tea, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contrary to popular culture a "low" tea is actually the proper name for the fancy tea parties that one would see on television or in the movies. Learn about the history of the tea party and discuss "high" vs. "low" tea, then enjoy a historically-accurate tea party. This special program can be reserved for groups between 5 -25 attendees, for $10/person, and will last up to 2 hours. Guests are welcome to dress in period clothing. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
As Requested • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - The Turn of the Wheel - Spinning, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn about early spinning techniques, as site staff discuss and demonstrate the use of wool carders, a spinning wheel and spinning with a drop spindle, as well as discuss the use of different fibers in the creation of yarn. The talk will also cover how the fibers spun at home were turned into the fabric used by colonial families. Email fortrandolph_int@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Fourth Saturday of the Month • Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville - Dutch Oven Cooking/Civil War Dulcimer Music, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The park will host the Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, for a cooking demonstration, with sampling to begin at 11:30 a.m. While participants learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, they can also enjoy live music by the Red River Dulcimer Ensemble from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
Wednesdays-Sundays • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Daily Living History, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors to the site will see at least one or more demonstrations including: musket firing, molding mini balls, military fort cleaning, carpentry, beading, weaving, and or cooking. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Escape from Fort St. Jean Baptiste, It is May 13, 1732…the Natchitoches colony and Fort are dealing with the aftermath of the Natchez attack; tension is high and conspiracy is all about. Participants are arrested and jailed in the fort under the accusation of conspiring with Fontaine to steal goods and money from the fort. Participants have to solve puzzles and complete tasks, in less than 45 minutes, to get past the guards and escape before St. Denis arrives for their trial. Groups must book in advance; fee to participate is $50.00 per group. Email fortstjean@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Fleur de Lis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration and participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Price for this special package is $10/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Commoner Package, Tour the visitor center, fort, and view a musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: Cross of St. Louis Package, Tours of the visitor center and fort, view a musket demonstration, participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration, then choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets. Price for this special package is $15/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
As Requested • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Group Program: St. Denis Package, Take a tour of the visitor center and fort and view a musket demonstration; then participate in your choice of a cannon drill, calligraphy, hawk throw or flint-and-steel demonstration. Participants can also choose a walking tour, learn to dip candles or make bullets; followed by a session on cooking, weaving or woodworking. Price for this special package is $20/person. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
4/7/2018 • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches - Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon. Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.