The Red River Crossroads Historical & Cultural Association will present the 2012 Heritage & Harvest Tour, from 10 a.m.tp 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, north of Shreveport along LA Hwy. 3049 and U.S. Hwy 71.
Local residents and visitors are invited to spend a day in the country, exploring the region's history and culture while touring historic residences and visiting area businesses, churches, and attractions.
Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at Belcher Presbyterian Church (508 Gray Street in Belcher), Red River Crossroads Museum in Gilliam (located on Hwy. 3049 in Gilliam), or at any featured stop on the tour.
The Heritage & Harvest Tour begins on Hwy. 3049 north of Shreveport, following heritage tour signage throughout the tour. Hwy. 71 North will also lead visitors to the tour route by turning at the Dixie, Belcher, or Gilliam turnoffs.
Featured stops on the tour are: Cairo Plantation, 8321 Sentell Road in Dixie; Shields' Lawn and Gardens, 621 Line Street in Belcher; and the Wild Petunia, 408 Caddo Street in Belcher.
Tour guides will be at each featured stop, pointing out interesting features. Art and collectibles will be available for purchase or browsing at Shields' Lawn and Gardens and the Wild Petunia.
Other points of interest on the tour include historic churches, cotton gins and unique, local businesses located along the route.
Available to tour are: Red River Crossroads Museum (located inside the library in Gilliam); Old Blacksmith Shop (next to library and museum in Gilliam); Gilliam Gin Company (located on Hwy. 3049 in Gilliam); Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church (corner of Sentell Road and Hwy. 3049 near Dixie); Belcher Presbyterian Church (on Gray Street/Hwy. 3049 in Belcher); Ida Methodist Church (6874 Cedar Lane in Ida) and more.
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 any Visitor Center operated by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, including locations at 629 Spring Street in downtown Shreveport and 100 John Wesley Boulevard in Bossier City.