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2017 Heritage & Harvest Tour to be held on Sept. 23

The Red River Crossroads Historical & Cultural Association will present the 2017 Heritage & Harvest Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, north of Shreveport along Louisiana 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 festival, visit www.Red RiverCrossroadsHistorical.org.

Historic homes and farms that will be open for public tours during the 2017 Heritage & Harvest Tour include: Lynn Plantation Home (11580 Highway 3049, between Belcher and Gilliam); John B. Adger Home (13116 Adger Road, Gilliam); and Northrose Plantation Home (8265 Corn Husker Road, Dixie). Tickets for tours are $10 each and may be purchased at Belcher Presbyterian Church (508 Gray Street/Highway 3049, Belcher), Red River Crossroads Historical and Cultural Museum (located on Highway 3049 in Gilliam) and at the homes featured on the tour. One ticket is good for admission to all three featured homes.

In addition to historic home tours, the 2017 Heritage & Harvest Tour will offer lots to see and do at businesses, churches and attractions along the route.

Singing Pines, an event venue located on the former grounds of the Hosston Public School (14905 Oak Street, Hosston), will have arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and fried fish plate lunches throughout the day.

Belcher Presbyterian Church (508 Gray Street/ Highway 3049, Belcher) will offer book restoration demonstrations and showcase its original 1925 pipe organ during performances at 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Gilliam Gin Company (Highway 3049, South of Gilliam) will demonstrate a modern cotton gin in operation, and the Hale Grist Mill (15710 Highway 71 North, Hosston) will demonstrate grinding corn with an original grist mill and offer free samples of corn meal.

Visitors to Ida Methodist Church (6874 Cedar Lane, Ida) can tour the 1904 church with church members and hear about the history of the church.

The tour begins on Hwy. 3049 north of Shreveport.

From Hwy. 3049, follow heritage tour signage to the tour route. Hwy. 71 North will also lead visitors to the tour route by turning at the Dixie, Belcher or Gilliam turnoffs.

A brochure containing a map of the Heritage & Harvest Tour 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 downtown Shreveport. Brochures will also be available on the day of the tour at Belcher Presbyterian Church, Red River Crossroads Historical and Cultural Museum in Gilliam and at the homes featured on the tour.

For more information on things to see and do in Shreveport-Bossier, 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 2017 Heritage & Harvest Tour, visit www.RedRiverCrossroads Historical.org.

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