Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Hughes House after restoration.
Bossier Parish Library Historical Collection, 1997.002.011
The Bossier Banner-Progress, in its March 14, 1968 issue, announced that the Hughes House would soon have landscaping. In 1968 the Hughes House had not been moved to Benton from its original location in Rocky Mount.

“Preparations are being made to landscape the Civil War village at Rocky Mount, President Webb H. Martin told the members of the Bossier Parish Restoration Foundation at their meeting Thursday night in the Town Hall at Benton.”

“The board of directors was told that [the] 10-acre tract given to the foundation by heirs of the original settler has recently been mapped by the Dorcheat Soil and Water Conservation District in preparation for the landscaping.”

“The directors set Saturday, April 20 as the annual dinner-on-the-ground date for their membership meeting, which will be on the site in Rocky Mount, where citizens on November 26, 1860, met to discuss the critical times facing them when Lincoln had been elected President. They decided to secede from the Union, declare the war and organize the Bossier Volunteers.”

“Entertainment will be provided the tourists and other visitors by sports that were in vogue before the War Between the States. An old-fashioned muzzle-loading, turkey-shooting contest is being planned, as well as the pitching of horseshoes and other outdoor games.”

“The foundation, a non-profit organization, will have its annual membership meeting following the dinner, at which time officers will be elected and plans made to complete the restoration work there, Martin stated.”

Today the location of the Hughes House in Benton is known as Heritage Village. The Village
tours include the following features: Hughes House, c. 1845, Thomas Heath log cabin, c. 1884,
Scanland Plantation moveable kitchen, a Blacksmith shop, Bradford Plantation corn crib and a
one-room schoolhouse. The address for Heritage Village is 414 Sibley Street, Benton, LA. Tour
information can be obtained by calling (318) 716-1504 or (318) 965-9253.

By: Ann Middleton

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