I returned to Boothe Landing mound a couple of weeks ago. The last time I was there it was at the end of the summer. This time it was spring … with flowers blooming, bumblebees hovering and the vegetable garden being planted. The Gordons, who own the property, were gracious hosts as always and took time from their tilling to visit with me.
The site is so beautiful and is situated right next to the Ouachita River in Catahoula Parish. Watching them work took me back to the garden we always had when I was growing up. Tomatoes, butterbeans, green beans, squash. There’s something about freshly tilled soil. And the sun heating it up. And the bees buzzing around. And just the continuity of things growing, season after season, generation after generation. From how long ago? The ancient people of Boothe Landing probably existed on what they could hunt, gather or pull from the Ouachita River. But somewhere along the line, someone figured out to plant a seed and nourish the soil.
Living off this land has been going on since at least 500-100 BC. And at Boothe Landing, the dirt shares the marks of both the ancient and the contemporary, right next to each other on the same acre of rich Louisiana soil.