Sunflower Trail Festival in Gilliam, Louisiana

Saturday 10/8/2022 - 10am till 4pm
LA Hwy 3049 & US Hwy 71

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The Self-driving Tour is Free. The tour has been adapted this year due to Covid-19 guidelines.

Heritage and Harvest Festival in north Caddo Parish

Tour Attractions

A Sample of Country Life on Heritage and Harvest Day Enjoy a drive on the Historic Trail along Highway 3049 North and on to Highway 71 North. Visit small towns and new attractions along the way.


Highway 3049 — The community was named for Dixie Cross Roads in Bossier Parish from where many settlers migrated. The railroad came to the area in 1899. A cotton gin was on the left of the road in Dixie and a railroad depot on the right.

Visit Dixie Farms Lavender Shoppe - Shop a variety of lavender products and art


Highway 3049 — The village of Belcher began in 1899 when steamboat landings at Rush Point and Briarfield on the Red River largely were bandoned and shipping traffic moved over to the railroad. A new community was named "Horseshoe" and later renamed “Belcher” in honor of John Belcher who owned the land.

  • Belcher Presbyterian Church - On Gray St/Hwy 3049. The present building, constructed in 1925, features the original pipe organ. Gail Moore will play the pipe organ from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon the day of the tour and also for the weekly Sunday worship services at 11:00 AM. Visitors are wlecome.
  • The Wild Petunia and Tea Room will be re-opening the day of the tour. Sample a tea room delicacy and, if in a hurry, purchase a box lunch to go. Local artists will be on site.
  • Horseshoe Bayou Bridge - Caddo St
    • Historic one-lane bridge built in 1915.
  • Veterans Memorial - On Gray St/Hwy 3049. Honoring all veterans.
  • D & I Country Café and Deli 312 Caddo Street Belcher 71004. Home cooked lunches and sandwiches served daily.


Highway 3049 — In the 1880s R. L. Gilliam came to the area and bought land. In 1898, when the railroad came through the area, Mr. Gilliam donated a right of way on the agreement that the railroad put a depot on the land and name it Gilliam. A post office was established in 1900. In the aftermath of a cyclone in 1908 which killed 40 people, the TS&N Railroad sent carloads of emergency supplies and provided railcars for temporary storage for belongings of the survivors.

  • Red River Crossroads Museum: First Sale of Crossroads Cuisine Cookbook - a collection of heritage recipes from families in these communities. Also, Display and sale of the Plein Air Art painted on the Sunflower Trail this summer.
  • Main Street Restaurant - 12807 Main Street Enjoy delicious food in an interesting and scenic setting in one of the original brick store buildings. Varied lunch menu selections available for lunch.
  • Red River Crossroads Museum - 12797 Main Street Located in the Gilliam Library. The Museum features displays dating from the Caddo Indian mounds to the development of plantations and towns following the clearing of the Red River raft. A special display depicting the recent discovery of the Caddo Indian dugout canoe in the Red River near Belcher.
  • Gilliam Gin Company - Highway 3049 South of Gilliam. See a modern cotton gin in operation. Learn about cotton harvesting and ginning at the Red River Crossroads Museum.


Highway 71 North — The area was settled between 1830 and 1850 by George Hale. Just east of Hosston, a steamboat landing was used for selling wood to steamboat captains. A ferry was operated on Black Bayou for the distribution of mail up and down North Caddo Parish and into Arkansas until a post office was chartered in 1901.

  • Old Church House - Open new event venue
    • The Old Church House is the former Hosston Methodist Church. The McKinney's purchased and renovated the building to open as a Coffee Shop/Museum and a Farmer's Market. On Tour day the outdoor market will feature various arts and crafts vendors and McKinney Hill Farm products.
  • Big Mama's Antiques and Restorations 6403 Parkway Drive Hosston 71043
    • Shop interesting collectibles and hear about the early days of Hosston from owner Ray Stevenson. For more information 318-573-2127


Highway 71 North — The area was settled around 1872. The village originally was called Loma, and was later named Mira, after the daughter of an early settler.

  • Designs by Carol Quilt Shop - Hwy 71 North. Handmade quilts for sale or will quilt your tops. Also, Muscadine preserves on sale! For more information please call 318-287-3380.


The area was settled in the 1800's and named Ida after the daughter of the postmaster, Jonathan Chandler, when the Post Office was established in 1897.

Historic Home Bed & Breakfast - Recently opened by David and Aime Neu at 19535 Highway 71, Ida, LA 71044. Open for Lunch from 10am - 4pm and for dinner with reservations. Call 318-422-5065.
The Home was built in 1912 by the Allison family.

Antique car Museum - Enjoy viewing the private collection of CH Maddox at 18876 Alabama Avenue, Ida 71044. First on the Tour!

Ida Methodist Church built in 1904.

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