Sunflower Trail Festival in Gilliam, Louisiana

Saturday 10/8/2022 - 10am till 3pm
LA Hwy 3049 & US Hwy 71

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The Self-driving Tour is Free. The Porch tour has been continued this year due to popular support.

Heritage and Harvest Festival in north Caddo Parish

Tour Attractions

A Sample of Country Life on our 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. Brochures will be available at all tour stops.

Dixie

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.

  • Dixie Farms Lavender Shoppe — Randal and Sandie Smoak, 8255 Dixie Shreveport Road - Shop a variety of lavender products and art. www.dixiefarmslavender.com
  • The Cairo Home — John and Tonya Sloan, 8305 Sentell Road, Shreveport. Established in 1893, rebuilt in 1950. Original buildings include a white frame home, a commissary and a corn crib.

Belcher

Highway 3049 — The village of Belcher began in 1899 when steamboat landings at Rush Point and Briarfield on the Red River were largely abandoned 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.

  • The Connell Home — Hunter and Mallory Brantly, 225 Gray Street. Built in 1901, the home remained in the Connell family for 59 years before being sold to a succession of owners. The home is in the American Foursquare architectural style with a wrap-around porch and porte-cochere.
  • The Log Home — 625 Self Road. The home was built in 1999, by David and Carolyn Self Lawrence. Greg and Christi McWhiney purchased the home in 2017, from Christi’s parents.
  • 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 at 12:00 Noon the day of the tour and also for the weekly Sunday worship services at 11:00 AM. Visitors are welcome.
  • The Storer Home — Craig and Judy Storer, 516 Gray Street. This Greek Revival style home is of solid masonry construction built in 1890, and remained in the Glassell family 160 years.
  • Lynn Plantation Commissary — 11580 Hwy 3049. Newly released Ross Lynn Legacy Photography book on sale. Lynn’s photography also on display.
  • 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. Home cooked lunches and sandwiches served daily.

Gilliam

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 — 12797 Main Street, located in the Gilliam Library. Herb presentation at 1:00 by Rose Kelly. For sale - Crossroads Cuisine Cookbook and Plantations Along the Upper Red River of Louisiana.
    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.
  • The Malone Home — Steve and Amy Malone, 5564 1st Street.
  • 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.
  • James Country Store — 12781 Main St. Food available

Hosston

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 Hosston Public School / Singing Pines Recreational Complex — Kirby family, 14905 Oak St. Singing Pines is the former Hosston Elementary/Alternative School. The main building is Art Deco Style and was completed in approximately 1932. A gymnasium was completed in 1951. Open Oct 8 for former students to reminisce and any interested in the architecture. The facility is available for rent for events. 318-287-3360 .
  • Old Church House — Open Saturdays seasonally (Oct 1 - Nov26, Apr22 - July29) Deb and Raymond McKinney, 15615 Hwy 71. The Old Church House is the former Hosston Methodist Church. The McKinney's purchased and renovated the building to open as a Deli/Museum and a Farmer's Market. On Tour day the outdoor market will feature various arts and crafts vendors and McKinney Hill Market products.
  • Big Mama's Antiques and Restorations — Big Mama's Antiques and Restorations – Ray Stevenson, 6403 Parkway Drive. Antiques and collectibles and stories of past years. Subject of a short film documentary by Gabriel Henk in 2021 that won awards. Also on Facebook. 318-573-2127

Mira

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.

Ida

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 — David and Aimee Neu, 19535 Highway 71, Ida, LA 71044. The Home was built in 1912 by the Allison family. It offers a wooded path and tea lunch 10-3 during the tour. Chef Aimee also runs the Reservation Table Restaurant in Vivian 318-422-5065.

Smokie’s Antique car Museum — Enjoy viewing the private collection of CH Maddox at 18876 Alabama Avenue, Ida 71044. Now also open - The Capt. Fletcher E. Adams 357th Fighter Group Museum. Cold drinks, coffee, water, and snacks. 318- 469-1060

Ida Methodist Church — built in 1904.

Special Attractions at Each Location

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