‘Stroll Through the Past’ with June 29 event

Published 9:29 am Friday, June 20, 2014

One week after the Centennial Tour of Homes shows off the different form which early houses in Bogalusa took, residents will get another chance to get an up close look at some of the historic homes from the city’s early days.

On Sunday, June 29, the South Border Drive Stroll Through the Past will take participants on a trip back in time to when Mayor W.H. Sullivan presided. And, in fact, the Sullivan home will be the first stop on the three-home tour.

The other two homes on the tour were once owned by the Great Southern Lumber Co. and used as guest houses.

Mayor Charles Mizell will welcome participants to the free event at 2:30 p.m. in front of the former Sullivan home, which is the house closest to the library at the intersection of Avenue F and South Border Drive. That will be followed by a patriotic song from a barbershop quartet and the presentation of the current owners of the houses.

Then, the Annunciation Children’s Coronation will present local youth representing key figures in Bogalusa’s past. After these initial offerings, a brass band will lead a second line to the tune of “The Bogalusa Strut.”

Although the Stroll will not offer access to the insides of these historic homes, each stop will have its own unique theme and activities.

At the Sullivan House, John Gallaspy, who recently published his book “The City That Refused to Die,” will be on hand to sign copies and answer questions and maybe share a little of his expansive insight with the curious.

The second stop on the tour will allow participants a little taste — literally — of what life was like back around the turn of the century with butter-making demonstrations and lemonade. There will also be period games and other activities.

At the final stop, Lydia Fendlason will be there with the Centennial Cookbook, which came out late last year. Also, some antique cars will be on display.

Less a tour and more of a casual stroll, event organizer Debbie Bateman described the event as an “Old-fashioned meet and greet and remembrance,” and to enhance the mood, participants are encouraged to dress in period attire.

The event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. Parking will be available behind Bogalusa High School or at the Bogalusa Branch Library. As all events will take place outside, in the event of rain the Stroll Through the Past will be canceled.