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Crawfish, Cane & Camellias:

A close look at agriculture in Central Louisiana

Tour: Day One
BreakfastHotel
MorningSPRING
Louisiana Crawfish - See first-hand what this mudbug business is all about!
• Visit Farm/Pond and the Processing Station where the crawfish are hand-sorted
Seasonal and by special appointment
FALL
Cane, Cotton & Corn: Louisiana staples
• See crops in various stages from planting to harvest.
• Learn more about Sugar Cane, Cotton & Corn, their importance to this area, the global food horizon and commodity markets
• Hear about life on the farm and what that means in 2020 from members of local farming families.
Seasonal and by appointment
LunchLunch in the Country at Loyd Hall Plantation
• See antique equipment and early days “technology”
• Hear from a local farmer about today’s agricultural markets
• Depending on the season, perhaps you’ll hear about Sugar Cane, Corn or Rice
• Seasonal and by special appointment only
AfternoonGet grounded in Forest Hill, The Plant capital of the South
• Travel a 7-mile stretch of two-lane highway and see 200+ family-owned plant nurseries
• Learn why and how this home-grown multi-million dollar industry came to be in the village of Forest Hill, population 800
• Windshield Tour along Hwy 112 or one-on-one nursery visits by appointment
AfternoonWhen Lumber was King ... Southern Forest Heritage Museum/Timber Town
• A showcase of the southern forest and early days of the timber industry
• The oldest complete sawmill in the area with the original Planer Mill, a restored machine shop (circa 1913), the on-going restoration of locomotives/trains and other equipment and outbuilding across the 57-acre property
• It’s been called a “time capsule of American industrialism” and “a one-of-akind experience of what the world of 1913 was like and an experience almost not to be repeated anywhere else in the USA”
• Also see the Civilian Conservation Corps, Camp Claiborne and World War 11 Museums on the property
DinnerExperience .Windows in the Wilderness on the grounds of Southern Forest
• (Spring/early Summer: Crawfish Boil) OR (All year: Pig Roast, Fish Fry, BBQ, etc.)
• Live music and dancing: Cajun band, Square dancing, Blues, etc. can be arranged
Tour: Day Two
BreakfastHotel
MorningForts Randolph & Buhlow
• Walk the produce gardens at historic Forts Randolph & Buhlow, site of two Civil War forts
• Hear from the head Horticulturist about the crops of yesterday and today
• Black Pot/Outdoor-cooking demonstration
LunchSouthern Creations
• Homestyle Southern Buffet with all of those old-fashioned favorites
• A long-time favorite of locals and visitors alike
AfternoonKent Plantation House
• Pristine example of an authentic Creole plantation home from early 1800s
• Take a behind-the-scenes. look at the operations of a working cotton plantation
• Tour the main house, milk house, kitchen, blacksmith shop, and outbuildings
• See the on-site sugar mill where local sugar cane was once processed by hand and perhaps even taste a bit of Louisiana Cane Syrup
AfternoonLittlepage Commisary
• Family-owned pecan orchard and operation that is almost a century old
• A stop here will delight with an ever-changing selection of local produce and homemade baked goods, jams, soaps and, of course, pecans, candied pecans, pecan oil and more. Hear from a family member who will share stories of farming, the history of the Commissary and their family’s “nutty love of pecans”
• And there’s always a fresh pot of coffee brewing and a counter full of muffins and candies!
DinnerTunk’s on the Lake
• Enjoy seafood and other southern favorites perched above Kincaid Lake
LodgingHotel
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