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What's in a Name?: Natchitoches (2006)

Lost Louisiana



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, 31.751556, -93.087295

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-03-20

Duration: 00:08:41

Subjects: History | Louisiana state historic sites | Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site | Steel magnolias (Motion picture) | Food | Natchitoches Meat Pie | Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Seale, Rick Interviewee
  • Rinehart, Paul Interviewee
  • Rinehart, Karen Interviewee
  • Sampite, Joe Interviewee
  • Lasyone, Angela Interviewee


This segment from the “What’s in a Name, Part 2” episode of the series “Lost Louisiana” from March 20, 2006, features Charlie Whinham’s visit to Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. He talks to Rick Seale of the Fort St. Jean Baptiste Historical Site about the origin of the city’s name. Whinham also tours the Steel Magnolia Bed and Breakfast, the house where the movie was filmed, with owners Paul Rinehart and Karen Rinehart. He also talks to former Mayor Joe Sampite about the proper pronunciation of the city’s name. Lastly, Whinham visits Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant and talks to owner Angela Lasyone about their Natchitoches meat pies.