15 October 2011
Leesville is our new home town so we thought we would check out some of the houses. Eight houses/B&B's were on the list for touring. For $20 there were refreshments at each location.
We started at the courthouse where a man gave us an introduction to the history of the town and discribed some of the paintings on display. Louisiana was big for prior to WWII because the Army was moving from horses to a mechanized army. Camp Polk was a training post back then also and the entire Army came through before going overseas.
This picture was hanging in the courthouse that was from that time. There were no roads so everything was just mud. See the look of dispair on the one soldiers face? I'm pretty sure Soldiers look the same when they come even today! He also stated the town used to be overloaded with soldiers prepping to go to Vietnam.
After snacks we walked to Dr. E.E. Smart house which is the oldest house in Leesville. Someone just bought it to renovate so pretty much there was nothing to see. The original owner became a doctor because he could not get a marraige blessing for his love until he went to medical school. He suffered through that, married her and the story goes she turned out to be pretty wicked.
Next was a house that was pretty much done by an interior designer in Shrevport - I think they paid the people to have their house on display. Across the street is the Ward HOuse and Booker-Lewis House. Both are old and currently Bed and Breakfasts. Booker-Lewis has a restaurant that will be on our agenda at some point too !
After dark we hit two houses that were new and nice - also owned by people in the military or just retired from - but no pictures!