Annual event will spotlight historic homes, community businesses and unique sites along Highway 71 North and Highway 3049 in northern Caddo Parish
SHREVEPORT, LA – The Red River Crossroads Historical & Cultural Association will present the 2018 Heritage & Harvest Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, north of Shreveport along LA Highway 3049 and U.S. Highway 71 North. Local residents and visitors are invited to spend a day in the country exploring the history and culture of Dixie, Belcher, Gilliam, Hosston, Mira and Ida. For complete details of the tour, visit www.RedRiverCrossroadsHistorical.org.
This self-driving tour has high scenic value and more than 15 historic stops. Two of those stops along the 2018 Heritage and Harvest Tour are homes. The Twin Gables Home, located at 8060 Dixie Shreveport Road in Dixie, was built in 1928 for Edgar Hubert Gleason, Sr. The home has undergone two major renovations within the last two years. The Ruben V. Glassell Home, located at 304 Caddo Street in Belcher, was built in 1899 by Ruben V. Glassell with a center hall in dogtrot style.
Other historic stops along the Heritage and Harvest Tour will include: Belcher Presbyterian Church (508 Gray Street along Hwy. 3049, Belcher); The Wild Petunia (408 Caddo St., Belcher); Belcher Veterans Memorial (Gray Street along Hwy. 3049, Belcher); D&I Store (312 Caddo St.,
Belcher); L’Evangeline B&B (228 Louisiana St., Belcher); Lynn Plantation Commissary (11569
Hwy. 3049, Belcher); Main Street Restaurant (12807 Main St., Gilliam); Red River Crossroads Museum (12797 Main St., Gilliam); Gilliam Gin Company (Highway 3049 South, Gilliam); Old Hosston School (14905 Oak St., Hosston); Big Mama’s Antiques and Restorations (6403 Parkway
Dr., Hosston); Designs by Carol Quilt Shop (Hwy 71 North, Mira); Ida Methodist Church (6874 Cedar Lane, Ida); and more.
In addition to historic tours, the 2018 Heritage & Harvest Tour will offer interactive presentations and lunch at businesses, churches and attractions along the route. The Belcher Presbyterian Church will offer a book restoration demonstration presented by James Jackson from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a fish lunch and an afternoon of shopping at local vendors, as well as a piano performance by Bright Corner Inspiration at the Old Hosston School at 1:30 p.m.
Home tour tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Belcher Presbyterian Church, Red River Crossroads Museum or at the homes on tour. The 2018 Heritage and Harvest Tour brochure containing a map of the route, as well as a complete listing of participating businesses and attractions, can be picked up at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s downtown visitor center, located at 629 Spring Street in Shreveport, Belcher Presbyterian Church, Red River Crossroads Museum, and the homes on tour.
For more information on events in Shreveport-Bossier area, visit www.Shreveport-Bossier.org or call 800-551-8682. For more information on the Red River Crossroads Historical & Cultural Association, as well as many of the historical attractions featured on the 2018 Heritage & Harvest Tour, visit www.RedRiverCrossroadsHistorical.org.