There is something wonderful about reading history books, but there is something even more amazing about actually taking a step back INTO the history books, which is what happens with a visit to the Spring Street Museum!
The Spring Street Museum takes you back in time to when Shreveport was just beginning - even the museum building itself is steeped in history, as it was built back in the 1860s as Tallys Bank, and is actually one of the oldest remaining buildings in downtown Shreveport!
Before you step into the museum, take a moment to look at the New Orleans-style cast-iron gallery grillwork, which is one of Northwest Louisiana's few remaining examples of this.
Inside, the original bank vault and door can be seen on the ground floor, and today the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which is pretty amazing!
Today, you can explore this fascinating museum and exhibits that bring to live Shreveport's rich past.
The large collection is filled with artifacts that include antique toys, plantation records, and vintage clothing dating back to 1835.
You can explore antique firearms and swards, as well as stunning Persian rugs, and original 18th and 19th century furniture, as well as silver from Pauline deGraffenried Pickett's plantation home, and the 1854 wedding slipper of Martha Custis Washington's great-granddaughter!
On the first floor of the Spring Street Museum, you can find rotating exhibits showcasing many of the museum's collection, and you can experience first hand a Victorian parlor from the late 1870s and 1880s!
There is SO much Shreveport history to be explored, and it's all there waiting for you at Spring Street Museum!