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.
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.
- Lynn Plantation Commissary – The commissary has recently been recreated on the original site using the original boards and shelving. Nearby is a restored tenant house. Located between Belcher and Gilliam on Hwy 3049.
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 St. Enjoy delicious food in an interesting and scenic setting in one of the old brick store buildings of the town. Varied menu selections available for lunch.
- Adger’s Store & Café – 12781 Main St. Now open for lunch and as a convenient stop for drinks and snack items.
- Red River Crossroads Museum – 12797 Main St. – Located inside the Library. The Museum features the history of the settling of the Red River area. See the new exhibits and displays.
- Gilliam Gin Company – Hwy 3049. Visit and see a modern cotton gin and learn about cotton harvesting and ginning.
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. See the beautiful restored school building and enjoy a fish plate lunch by Magnolia catering. Craft vendors will also be on the site. Savvy Sisters are the event planners for Singing Pines. Contact 318-287-3242.
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.
Highway 71 North — The area was settled before the Civil War and named Ida after thevdaughter of the postmaster, Jonathan Chandler, when the Post Officevwas established in 1897.
- Ida Methodist Church – 6874 Cedar Lane. Beautiful white frame church built in 1904. Visit with church members to tour and hear about the history of the church.
For 2016, we are thankful to have two beautiful homes set for the Home Tour. We hope you will take the time to visit these historic homes and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Every home has a story, and we hope you enjoy learning more about the heritage surrounding these two.
- 8570 Dixie Shreveport Road, Dixie, La
- Owned by Patrick and Lee Harrison
- McKinney Hill Farm
- 6510 Camp Clara Hugh Road Hosston, La
- Owned by Debbie and Raymond McKinney
The Heritage and Harvest Festival are free of charge; however, there is a small charge for the Home Tour. Tickets are: $10.00
Tickets are available at Belcher Presbyterian Church and at the Crossroads Museum in Gilliam