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It Happened Here!

The Civil War’s Red River Campaign, The Burning of Alexandria & The Louisiana Maneuvers, a true game-changer in World War II

Tour: Day One
MorningForts Randolph & Buhlow, Bailey’s Dam
• Cross the Red River to visit the site of two Civil War forts and Bailey’s Dam
• Important sites related to The Red River Campaign of the Civil War
• Enjoy the Visitor Center, see a brief film and exhibits, walk through a life-size recreation of a military leader’s tent/camp site.
• Depending on the season, perhaps you will taste period food prepared during a Black Pot/Outdoor-cooking demonstration {Seasonal and by appointment)
LunchSouthern Creations
• Homestyle Southern Buffet with all of those old-fashioned favorites
• A long-time favorite of locals and visitors alike
AfternoonWindshield Tour
• Mt. Olivet Chapel and the Alexandria National Cemetery Louisiana Maneuvers & Military Museum
• Housed in replica WWII Barracks on the grounds of Camp Beauregard, the museum pays tribute to service members and civilians who served this country.
• Of particular focus are the game-changing initiatives known simply as the Louisiana Maneuvers which marked a significant shift in our military’s strategic planning, the essential reorganization and modernization of Army resources and the actual Field Training of almost 500,000 soldiers in advance of World War II.
• Generals Patton, Eisenhower, Marshall and Bradley were among those who had a role in the Maneuvers - a two-year exercise credited with ensuring that the US Army emerged victorious and changing the course of world history.
• Aspects of the Louisiana Maneuvers continue to play a role in military operations today.
AfternoonFree Time/ Explore Downtown -Tamp & Grind Coffee Shop, Alexandria Museum of Art, The Tasting Room (Meet one of the few Whiskey Sommeliers in the USA), The Mirror Room Lounge & more
DinnerCandlelight Dinner and Tour at Loyd Hall Plantation
• Step back in time in this restored antebellum home and working plantation.
• Take a tour with Miss Beulah, climb the suspended staircase and hear about the Loyd Hall’s storied past. You’ll also hear about the spirit of the Civil War soldier who was killed upstairs and buried under the home!
• Enjoy Dinner by Candlelight in the beautiful dining room of this restored plantation.
Tour: Day Two
MorningKent Plantation House
• A glimpse of life on a working cotton plantation at this pristine Creole home
• Guides in period attire will take you behind-the-scenes for a look at the main house, milk house, kitchen, blacksmith shop, outbuildings and the sugar mill.
• Plan to spend some time in the unique Gift Shop .
LunchKent Plantation House
• House-prepared lunch/Period menu. Seasonal open-hearth cooking
• Examples: Vegetable soup, George Washington’s macaroni & cheese, etc .
By special appointment
AfternoonSouthern Forest Heritage Museums
• Timber Town
• World War II Museum
• Camp Claiborne Museum
• Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
DinnerSouthern Forest Heritage Museums
• Rustic-Chic catered dinner on-site in the Original Planer Mill
• Live music and dancing can be arranged (Cajun, Blues, Zydeco, etc.)
Let us help with special appointments/arrangements