Museum of West Louisiana
There’s a real fine museum up in Leesville, due north of DeRidder. This place will tell you a ton ‘bout Hoyle and the history of the tri-parish area by showin’ you artifacts, railroad memorabilia, clothing, household items and so on. All this so you can see firsthand how them folks in West Louisiana lived back in the day. Plus, there’s a real nice bunch of paintings done by some German POWs during WWII.
You can spend an entire day getting lost in the history of it all, from the early days of the Louisiana Purchase to the present. Take a tour of different historic housing styles, like old shotguns, churches, and barns. This museum also includes Pioneer Park, a great place for a cookout or just to relax. West Louisiana has some of the prettiest weather throughout most of the year, so get out there and enjoy the scenery.