Saturday, March 2, Gibsland, “The Daffodil Capital of Louisiana,” will host The 2013 Jonquil Jubilee Home and Garden Tour. Experience the hospitality of a small town and celebrate the arrival of spring. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Jonquil Jubilee Pancake and sausage Breakfast at the Gibsland Lions Club building for $5 starting at 8 a.m.
With your $10 Jonquil Tour ticket you will receive a map and directions to multiple attractions. You can begin at any location and travel at your own pace. Tour sites are open from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm.
Gibsland is located one mile south of I-20 at the Gibsland/Athens Exit (#61), 45 miles east of Shreveport and 56 miles west of Monroe.
The homes on this year’s tour include:
Visit the home of Lt. Colonel Jeff Stogsdill and his wife, Pam. “The Dog Trot” was built in 1847 by Tandy Key as a hotel, and once housed male students attending Mount Lebanon University. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Learn about the architecture and history of The Dog Trot and Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, established in 1837: during talks presented at the church by Lestar Martin.
Additional tour sites include:
Visit the First Baptist Church of Gibsland to view beautiful handmade quilts.
Stop and enjoy a walking tour at Oak Grove Farm, where fields of bulbs have been planted for generations.
View and walk through the fields of Jonquils at the home of Lorris & Elaine Carter. Enjoy a model car exhibition featuring replicas of American made cars from the 1930’s – 1960’s while visiting The Carter Farm.
Visit Russell & Sue Kettler’s Blacksmith Shop and watch live blacksmithing demonstrations that will take you back in time.
Stagecoach Inn, established in 1847 which will feature historians describe the history and importance of the house & family during Stagecoach days.
Other stops include:
The oldest continuously operated Baptist Church in Louisiana, Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church est. in 1837; and Mt. Lebanon Stagecoach Trail Museum.
Sally’s Field, a display featuring over 6000 daffodils.
The Downtown Area features:
Shopping downtown at the Gibsland Bank Annex. Vendors featuring hand crafted items such as ironworks and original art, and a large assortment of plants and garden accessories will be showcasing their treasures.
Take a chance on raffles, for an opportunity to win a hand-made quilt or 1000 daffodil bulbs planted at the location of your choice!
Come early to get homemade tea cakes or enjoy the wonderful country cooking from the Gibsland Grill and Louisiana barbeque at Key Rail Barbeque.
Also open for tour:
The Bonnie & Clyde Museum, L.L.C.
The Authentic Bonnie & Clyde Museum
The Barbara Van Cleave Joiner Memorial Garden
The Burkhalter Gazebo, which highlights a wide variety of gorgeous daffodils.