Walk into history at the Pioneer Heritage Center

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - To preserve the history of Northwest Louisiana, LSU Shreveport and The Junior League of Shreveport came together for this special joint project. It started in 1977 on the northern most corner of the university near Kings Highway. They saved and brought together seven buildings from as far away as Castor, Louisiana. Now, these remarkably well preserved structures offer a glimpse into what life was like back in the early 1900s.

Walk around and through the Webb and Webb General Store, a working blacksmith’s shop, doctor’s office, a pioneer log cabin, plantation cottage, a detached kitchen and the Riverfront Mission of The First Baptist Church chapel. Every building is outfitted with historical and local artifacts used during the pioneer era of the region. In the doctor’s office, learn about what local herbs and plants they used to treat ailments back in the day. Check out the products in the general store. See how families lived in the tradition log Foxtrot Thrasher House.

The park is open for tours. You can schedule one either by phone (318) 797-5339 or through the Pioneer Heritage Center website. A tour usually lasts about an hour and a half to two hours and can go very in-depth.

In the fall, don’t miss Pioneer Day in the fall where the park is open to all. See demonstrations of blacksmithing and more.

Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.