About Us

The Mooringsport Cypress Festival was started in October 1991 as the Mooringsport Fall Festival by the original Homemakers Club, a group of stay-at-home, civic-minded moms. The festival evoked pride in the townspeople who cherished their tradition of dinner together on Friday with a gospel concert and karaoke on Saturday. Over time, the festival waned until the community was no longer getting together to celebrate.  In recent years, a group of women banded together to revive the festival and show their community pride in a town they treasure. Mooringsport was the first community in North Caddo Parish to have permanent settlement in 1837. It was founded by Timothy Mooring who migrated to Caddo Parish on a wagon train in 1837 from Henderson County, Tennessee, settling with his wife, Eliza Ann Bryan and their nine children. (They would have four more children after settling in Louisiana.) For its 150th town celebration in October 17, 1987, the Mooringsport Mini-Museum, located at Croom and Main Streets, opened. It chronicles the communities’ evolution, as well as that of the surrounding communities. Next door, there is a mural that illustrates the town during its steamboat era. The community’s other claim to fame is Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, who grew up there in the early 1900s. Leadbelly was king of the 12-string guitar and is one of the most heavily sampled folk musicians. In 2014, one of the Mooringsport’s treasures turned 100. The Caddo Lake Drawbridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is a featured on the Boom or Bust Byway. The Boom or Bust Byway follows Highway 2 and is defined by the Louisiana/Texas border on the west and the loop around the town of Homer to the east. As travelers drive along the byway, evidence of the economic booms and busts experienced by the resilient people of Northwest Louisiana are visible in the historic sites, museums and interpretive kiosks.