Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

Tour guide and historian Rickey Robertson tells the tour group about the Merritt Cemetery located on Peason Ridge. (Robertson Collection)

Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

Part of the large tour group who attended the Peason Ridge Heritage Tour on March 27th. (Robertson Collection)

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General David Doyle and Tour Gide Rickey Robertson address the tour group at Avelino Drop Zone on Peason Ridge. (Robertson Collection)

Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

The tour group got to visit the Wolf Cave located on Peason Ridge where Native Americans. Settlers, and travelers could obtain shelter. (Robertson Collection)

Peason Ridge’s 2021 tour met with great fanfare

The main training area on Peason Ridge is the large SACON Live Fire Village. 9Robertson Collection)

Saturday March 27t, 2021h was a spring morning with some light misty rain, but a great day for the annual Peason Ridge Heritage Tour sponsored by the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk and the Cultural Resources Section at Fort Polk. Each year those folks interested in traveling throughout Peason Ridge gather and go and see and visit many of the historical sites , old home sites, and training areas located on this vast area located in Natchitoches, Sabine, and Vernon Parishes. And it is an area that is filled with history dating back to the Native Americans who first settled here and from the days of the Louisiana Purchase when settlers and homesteaders began to arrive and carve out farms. Many people remember the stories of the day’s of the “No Man’s Land or Free State” and Peason Ridge is located right in the heart of this area.

As Heritage Family Members and visitors arrived at Pine Grove Baptist Church parking lot they greeted each other and viewed the large map posted by Rickey Robertson showing all the homesteads and farms that were once located on Peason Ridge. And guess who arrived to meet and greet the large tour group ? Yes General David Doyle, Commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk came to show his support for the tour and to those in attendance. General Doyle is very interested in the history of our Peason Ridge and Camp Polk Heritage Families. These families made a great sacrifice when they gave up their homes and way of life so that our freedom could be preserved . Due to COVID restrictions we did not travel on a tour bus but each family followed me and we convoyed out at 8a.m. to begin the tour. We arrived at the 8000 acre Avelino Drop Zone and Peason Forward Landing Zone where everyone got out of their vehicles to view this remarkable area.

 

 

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