The SpaceYour home away from home features all the conveniences you need while you are away. The open floor plan boasts 1250 sq ft of comfort. The galley style kitchen has a refrigerator, stove, and microwave with enough space to delight any cook. Adjacent to the kitchen is a sleeper sofa, lounge chair, and dining room table for six. Lexie's Room features a queen size bed with a closet and dressers. Phillip's Room is a bit smaller but also has a queen size bed with all the storage you need. The bathroom includes a deep tub for soaking or a shower. Enjoy your first cup of coffee in Hazel's Hideaway, our sunroom adjacent to the back entrance. Laundry to do? Problem solved. We include a washer and a dryer for your convenience. Guest AccessThe house is private with it's own entrance. You will be provided a code to the keyless entry system after you book. You will have your own patio and are free to walk the wooded field area behind the house. We are in a private neighborhood area so we ask that you respect our neighbors privacy as well. Interaction with GuestsWe have provided everything you will need, so unless you need something special, we will leave you to enjoy this cottage retreat. The NeighborhoodPositioned on the edge of town, we own 11 acres of wooded property. We are adjacent to two subdivisions so ask that you respect their privacy. Getting AroundWe are minutes from downtown Ruston, Louisiana Tech University, and Grambling as well as local churches, gas stations, and supermarkets. For local evening out, we recommend Raw, Portico, and Roma's. Be sure to visit the downtown area for wonderful boutiques and shops. Other Things to NoteThe Chautauqua Society was founded in 1874 with a simple goal: to provide educational enrichment to all in a picturesque outdoor setting. One might say that it was a sort of intellectual and recreational summer camp for families. The Chautauqua movement quickly spread throughout the United States and resulted in 45 states establishing Circuit Chautauquas which offered lectures, music, readers and plays in rural and small-town America. In 1891, the Louisiana Educational Association founded the Louisiana Chautauqua at a 15-acre tract of land on the outskirts of Ruston.
Northern Louisiana and the site in Ruston was specifically selected for the state's Chautauqua because of its gently rolling hills, forest scenery, and peaceful setting. Thos. D. Boyd, President of the Louisiana Educational Association, noted in a circular letter in April 1891, that Northern Louisiana was "noted for its healthfulness and pleasing rural scenery." Since the Chautauqua programs were held during the summer, this region also offered an escape from the oppressive southern Louisiana heat. The Ruston site encompassed a number of mineral springs, offering visitors an opportunity to take in the healing waters, and further promoting the site as a place for retreat and renewal. A two-story hotel, named the Chautauqua Springs, was erected along with cottages and an outdoor auditorium that held 2,000 people. Later a railroad station was built near the property and visitors came in great numbers.
The popularity of the Louisiana Chautauqua quickly spread and people from outside the state attended its annual programs. Many participants were said to have loved the "tonic effect of the pure pine air" while they gathered under the many mature trees that covered the Chautauqua property. William Jennings Bryan, the most popular of all Chautauqua speakers, lectured at the Louisiana Chautauqua.