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“Gorgeous building and onion goggles.”
- B. Brown, Vincennes, Indiana

“Thanks for keeping the old intact.”
- J. McCoy, Daingerfield, Texas

That quaint and perky town in the movie Steel Magnolias is real, and Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store is a destination within the destination! Experience the charm of the original French colony in Louisiana, established 1714 and well known as the film site of "Steel Magnolias". Discover our Landmark Historic District with shopping (our store is located on the end of Front Street in the largest downtown retail building), dining, and attractions plus historic fort sites, museums, and year around cultural events and festivals.

Natchitoches is also recognized as the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Louisiana and home to the Cane River Creole National Historical Park at Oakland & Magnolia Plantations. The National Trust named our town one of the 2005 "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" for Historic Preservation.

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