Just east of Shreveport is piney Webster Parish. This is timber country, and Webster revels in it each October with an annual Lumberjack Festival in the town of Springhill. Webster also contains the historic town of Minden. Despite Minden’s German name given by its founder, the Scottish heritage from which, many in this part of Louisiana descend, is celebrated with an annual Tartan Festival. The parish’s German side gets its due at the Germantown Colony Museum. The Germantown Colony was founded by a mysteriously messianic Utopian known as Count Leon in the 1830s, and it lasted for more than three decades. Webster Parish is cut through from north to south by placid Bayou Dorcheat, and it features excellent natural attractions. The Caney Lakes Recreation Area is part of the Kisatchie National Forest network. And at Lake Bistineau State Park, venerable old cypress trees extend their mossy branches over bountiful waters.