Sunflower Trail Festival in Gilliam, Louisiana

Saturday 9/22/18 - 10am till 4pm
LA Hwy 3049 & US Hwy 71

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Heritage and Harvest Festival in north Caddo Parish

Tour Attractions

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.

Belcher

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, which will be played by Gail Moore the day of the tour from 11-12 noon and 1-2 p.m. Also, a demonstration of book restoration featuring a collection of old Bibles will be presented by James Jackson.
  • Horseshoe Bayou Bridge - Caddo St, next to The Wild Petunia
    • Historic one-lane bridge built in 1915.
  • Veterans Memorial - On Gray St/Hwy 3049. Honoring all veterans.
  • Wild Petunia - 408 Caddo Street Special Events Venue. Contact Deborah Yarbrough at (318) 518-6588
  • L'Evangeline B&B - 228 Louisiana. This beautiful home in Belcher is now available for overnight visitors. Contact Deborah Yarbrough at (318) 518-6588
  • Lynn Plantation Commissary - Visit the rebuilt plantation commissary which contains the original shelving, display cases, cash register and other interesting plantation memorabilia. Historic Plantation site.

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.

  • 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.
  • Special Exhibit. - Upriver Cotton Company table linens by Upriver Cotton Co and made from locally cotton grown that was ginned at Gilliam gin Co and delivered to the mill in North Carolina. The beautiful 100% cotton table lines are on display and for sale during the Heritage Tour.
  • 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.

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 School - Singing Pines Recreational Complex - 14905 Oak Street. Visit the beautifully restored school building and enjoy a fish lunch and shop for items from a variety of local vendors.
  • Big Mama's Antiques and Restorations - Parkway Drive Hosston. Shop interesting collectible and hear about the early days of Hosston from owner, Ray Stevenson.

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. For more information please call 318-287-3380.

Ida

The area was settled before the Civil War and named Ida after the daughter of the postmaster, Jonathan Chandler, when the Post Office was established in 1897. The original Post Office building is located on on Magnolia Lane.

  • Ida Methodist Church - 6874 Cedar Lane. The beautiful white frame church was built in 1904 and continues to have services on Sunday mornings.

Home Tour

  • Ruben V Glassell House in Belcher
    • 304 Caddo Street, Belcher, LA 71004
    • Owned by Dr. Andrew Marino and his wife, Linda
    • The house was built in 1899 by Ruben V. Glassell, a planter, and his wife Vivian. It faced west and had a center hall in the dogtrot style. Around 1910, interior columns and porches on the south and east sides were added, and the south side became the front of the house. In 1953, the east porch was enclosed to form three additional rooms. In 1982, it became the home of Andrew and Linda Marino and their four children.

  • Twin Gables in Dixie
    • 8060 Dixie Shreveport Road Dixie, LA 71029
    • Owned by Candy and Lane Carlise
    • This country home was built in 1928 for Edgar Hubert Gleason Sr. Mr. Gleason owned and operated the Gleason store during the time his family lived in Dixie. After moving to Shreveport in the mid 19401s, the Gleasons were willing to sell the home. Buford Carlisle helped secure the site for his mother, Margaret Carlisle, widow of Clyde Carlisle, who lived there until her death in 1978. Lane and Candy Carlisle bought the home in 1981. The home underwent two major renovations over the years to accommodate four children: Emery, Lindsay, Will, and Madeline. The most recent additions to the property have been in landscaping and a museum to display old farm relics.

The Heritage and Harvest Festival are free of charge; however, there is a small charge for the Home Tour. Tickets are: $10.00, which covers both homes.

Tickets available at both homes and Belcher Presbyterian Church and the Crossroads Museum in Gilliam. Or click here to contact us.

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