The Southern Forest Heritage Museum, located in Long Leaf, Louisiana, is the oldest complete sawmill facility in the South. This complex is unique in that it is a complete sawmill complex dating from the early 20th century, and that it has the most complete collection of steam-powered logging and milling equipment known to exist. The museum is spread over a 57 acre area. On the property is the commissary, providing an entrance to the museum, the Planer Mill, the Planer Mill Power Plant, the Water Pumping Station, the Round House, the Machine Shop, the Carknocker Shop, the Sawmill, the Sawmill Power Plant, and Storage Sheds. Railroad equipment that can be seen at the museum includes three locomotives, a McGiffert Loader, and a rare Clyde Rehaul Skidder. In addition, one can see many artifacts that were left in place when the mill closed February 14, 1969.
Inside the welcome center.
No. 400 as she sat in the Louisiana woods (as it hangs in the welcome center-painting by Grady)
The sawmill in better times.
Red River and Gulf No. 106 as she works the sawmill
Originally the Crowell and Spencer Lumber Co. used a shay. Notice how the log cars are bending the light rail as opposed to the shay. Pay special attention to the design of the log cars, you will see a preserved car down the page.
UPDATE-I recently found this picture on the web. It was taken by the American Hoist & Derrick Co. of one of their cranes at the Longleaf Lumber Co.
We start at the sawmill. The area the concrete pad is covering is the location of the original log pond. The track you see was used to dump the logs into the pond. The Crowell and Spencer, and later Crowell Lumber Company, shut down railroad operations in 1954. The log pond was filled in and later concreted because it remained boggy. Logging trucks delivered logs after the railroad was closed. It should be noted that nothing was discarded of the railroad. Items were pushed aside and left to alone. This is what makes this place so special, with exceptions to items being refurbished, every else is as it was left.
An overview of the log pond (concrete pad area) . From the center to the right, the engine house, machine shop, McCarty loader and the carknockers shed in the distance.
The highest paid man in the complex, the saw filer, and his office above.
Original chalk marks are still on the order board.
The old dry kiln in the distance.
Equipment Storage Area
Hyster "logging arch" There are two of these on site.
This lumber is original from when the mill closed in 1969.
Trusswork in the Planer Mill
Corliss Steam Engine
Next, we go up to the roundhouse.
She's been sitting here since 1954
Our tour guide Fran watches me as I shoot entirely too may pictures.
Clyde Double Ended Skidder
(and the discarded debris from a logging railroad)
In these debris is parts of a Shay locomotive.
McGiffert Loader, log cars remains in front of #106
My always trusty Steed.
Memberships are available from the museum website.