ST. JOSEPH, La. - (KNOE) “St. Joseph was on the main street of America at one time,” said Brian Davis with Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation.
The main street in St. Joe is hardly the length of a football field today. But this rural community is home to numerous historic sites. Like this charming old church on Hancock Street.
“I think one of the highlights is the Gothic Revival church behind me. Christ Episcopal Church which was built in the 1870s. Beautiful detailing and stuff typical of that period,” said Davis.
The Episcopal Church is just one stop on the Spring Ramble Tour put on by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, showcasing the diverse culture in every corner of the state.
“We kind of have our own little area that we stay in. You may have heard of places but you just don’t know what they’re like. This is a rare opportunity to get inside the buildings and into the community and find out more about the locals,” said Davis.
“Our parish is so old and we have such history. The courthouse is just quintessential, just beautiful courthouse. And the Episcopal Church."
"The library we just have some jewels here,” said Becky Vizard.
Becky Vizard owns a shop on Main Street in St. Joseph. Her family roots run deep along this Mississippi River town. On her property is the old ‘playhouse’ where soldiers in World War II would come get away from it all.
“My aunt Lucille was good friends with Claire Chennault. He was always coming to the plantation. Part of the reason for the servicemen. He would bring them there to enjoy the riches of the La lifestyle,” said Vizard.
Also on the tour, Winter Quarters. Famous for being the only antebellum home in Tensas Parish not burned during the Civil War. Ulysses Grant stayed here before the battle of Vicksburg. Each of the nine stops brings a tidbit of Tensas history back to life.
“I think really to show the diversity we have here in Louisiana and that’s one thing we have in our mission to protect sites that are part of our diverse culture,” said Davis.
The Spring Ramble tour is Saturday, March 23, 2019. Deadline to register is Tuesday, March 19.2019. Registration is $45 for Louisiana Trust members; $50 for non-members and $15 for students and teachers, with a current school I.D. Groups of 10 or more may register at a reduced rate by calling 225.930.0936. Prices include admission to the sites listed as well as a boxed lunch. Proceeds from the tour help support Louisiana Trust’s programs to save endangered historic buildings and sites statewide.
For registration or more information about the Spring Ramble, please visit LTHP.org or contact 225.930.0936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.