Lois Loftin Doll Museum

Lois Loftin Doll Museum More than 3,000 fascinating dolls on view as one of the largest collections under one roof. Mrs. They range in size from miniature to life-size.

Most were lovingly collected by Lois Loftin and represent a variety of themes and cultures depicting distinctive characteristics of history. Lois Loftin's fascination with dolls started over half a century ago as she collected, dressed, restored, and kept records of the many dolls in her collection. Some of the finest porcelain dolls from France & Germany, some dating from the 1820"s, are among th

e collection. Simple handmade dolls as well as mass produced toy dolls are also part of the collection. Lois Loftin has donated her doll collection for the public's enjoyment. We, the people of Beauregard Parish and the Lois Loftin Doll Museum Board, are extremely pleased to be the recipients of this fine and unique collection and proudly share it with you.

12/28/2023
We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„
12/21/2023

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„

We hope you all have a safe 4th of July!
06/30/2023

We hope you all have a safe 4th of July!

12/20/2022

Merry Christmas to from our family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from the Lois Loftin Doll Museum!
11/23/2022

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from the Lois Loftin Doll Museum!

Plan your visit today!
06/15/2022

Plan your visit today!

Today we had the honor to greet Ms Shirley Baker and Ms Donia Young visiting us from College Station, Tx. They had plans to stop in today and see the Lois Loftin Doll Museum/Gothic Jail. Coming into DeRidder was part of a broad road trip through Louisiana they had planned togther as friends both having roots in the area. Ms Baker's genealogy led her to DeRidder and Ms Young's being of Merryville.
Imagine to their surprise when entering the Visitors Center spotting something they had been seeking knowledge on for years. Oh My Goodness, Miersburg did exist! I have heard stories all my life about Miersburg and could not find any information on it. She said, William Miers was her grandfather the first postmaster. They were thankful to see that the Harlow family had taken such great care in preserving the old post office windows in keeping its story alive.
Deridder's history:
About the origin of the town, she says, "the Kansas City railroad was built from Kansas City to Port Arthur - and came right through here about 1896. By 1898 the trains were running. The post-office was named Miersburg for the postmaster whose name was Miers. The railroad workers had used this spot for a camping place for the workmen - and people wanted to get near the railroad - so 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land was bought for the town site."

"Immediately following the purchase of the town site, a ramble of rough houses were hurriedly built out of rough lumber... By 1898 the town consisted of nearly 300 people and a number of shack homes and a sawmill. C. Landry and Mr. George Heard had a hotel. There were about 5 small stores, besides. West Brothers had a Rous Racket store on the east side of the track."
The 1890s - The early post offices

Prior to 1896 local mail was delivered to the post office 2 miles west of DeRidder - at a place called Miersburg. It was named for the postmaster there, J. F. Miers. In 1896 it was moved to the site of the old Johnson's Bakery on Washington Street - and then to the southwest corner of Washington and First - and then to 119 South Washington. Free city delivery did not start until February 1, 1924, using two carriers. Two carriers were also provided for rural delivery.

By this time DeRidder had a sawmill, and timber was the prime industry of the area. The longleaf pine was the primary tree used in the industry. In 1903, DeRidder was finally incorporated as a town.

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day!
05/27/2022

Our office will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day!

Check out a recent visit from our friend Shawn and his tour of the Lois Loftin Doll Museum! https://m.youtube.com/watch?...
03/07/2022

Check out a recent visit from our friend Shawn and his tour of the Lois Loftin Doll Museum!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zirM2RRMM&feature=share

4000 Dolls, some beautiful some creepy. A few will give you chills. Some happy and a sad story as well. A definit...

01/27/2022

The RealArt Gallery is open today until 3 p.m. Go take a look - 108 W. First Street in downtown!

We will be open for day tours this week on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.  We will be closed December 31- January 3rd. H...
12/28/2021

We will be open for day tours this week on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. We will be closed December 31- January 3rd. Hope you all have a prosperous, safe and happy new year!

Merry Christmas from the Beauregard Tourist Commission and the Lois Loftin Doll Museum!
12/16/2021

Merry Christmas from the Beauregard Tourist Commission and the Lois Loftin Doll Museum!

We hope you have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! Our Beauregard Tourist Commission office, along with the Gothic Jail ...
11/25/2021

We hope you have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! Our Beauregard Tourist Commission office, along with the Gothic Jail and Lois Loftin Doll Museum will be closed Thursday and Friday! See y'all again Monday!

10/16/2021

Come out and see us this weekend, the weather is supposed to be great! We will be open every weekend in October. We are open Thursday and Friday afternoons as well from 2-5:30. We are trying to line vendors up every weekend. If you are interested in setting up, message us.

*availability of vendors subject to change without notice*

07/28/2021

Youโ€™ll love Louisianaโ€™s Myths and Legends Byway, a drive based on true stories, tall tales and a gunslinger named Leather Britches Smith. Beginning in southw...

06/02/2021

16th Annual Beauregard Watermelon Festival
June 25 & 26, 2021
Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds
DeRidder, La
www.beauregardwatermelonfestival.com
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05/21/2021

Discover things to do, like visit the DeRidder Jail, with this itinerary to explore DeRidder and Beauregard Parish in Louisiana.

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Address

204 West 1st Street
Deridder, LA
70634

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm

Telephone

+13374635534

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