Our Story

How it All Started

Fifteen years ago, as another season of life was slowly closing, God was opening a door for a new one to begin. My children were starting lives and families of their own. I retired from twenty plus years in the teaching realm but was still working in our family business. This year marks the 40th year my husband and I have been active full working partners together  in our family business! With much prayerful consideration and God's blessing, Willowbench Re-Developments, LLC was formed as a gift to my husband, and a love for my community-restoring/preserving some of the places and buildings that are rich in community history. A giving back, and creating safe spaces for the public. Willowbench Meeting Place is one of several hidden treasures that's alive and well! Come find it and see for yourself!


Restoring With Love, 


Tammie Alletag Thames



Awarded Preservationist of the Year in 2010 for the Willowbench Meeting Place by the Historical Association of Cenla.