|To get to Fort Jessup, follow LA 6 (aka Camino de Real, Nathitoches Road, San
Antonio Road, Old Spanish Road) from Natchitohes westward past Robeline. Fort
Jessup is a few miles east of Many in Sabine Parish. The fort is a Louisiana State
Historic Park. Check its website to see operating hours, as budget cuts have
restricted access to the public.
|Fort Jesup - Earliest US Fort
in the Red River Valley
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|The fort's original kitchen is surrounded by the foundation pillars for the barracks and officer quarters. Like its surrounding architecture, Fort
Jesup was built in the Creole style of raised foundations.
|Re-enactors at Fort Jesup hold cooking demonstrations in the barrack's original kitchen. Several other kitchens appeared on the grounds, but
only one remains.
|The officer's quarters have been reconstructed using original designs. The frontier post was built in the Creole style.
|A dragoon displayed in the fort's museum helmet resembles its Mexican and French counterparts. "Dragoon" was the name given to mounted
infantry - meaning, to be a dragoon, you'd better bring your horse. Otherwise, you're just a "regular" foot soldier.