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Ferdinand Street drawing by local artist Don Zeringue.
A team of oxen hauls a huge log down Royal Street in front of the historic Barrow House, built in 1809.
The lush gardens at Afton Villa offer an afternoon's sweet retreat.
Mississippi Riverboats still dock at the St. Francisville Landing.
A charming cabin at Wakefield Plantation.
Little Maypole dancers at Evergreenzine during Audubon Pilgrimage, 2013.
Period costumed residents enjoying lovely spring weather during Audubon Pilgrimage.
Historic Grace Church is a most popular tourist destination.
2 - 9
March 17,18 & 19, 2017
Signed copies of
Genevieve Munson Trimble's
beautiful book on Afton Villa
are available in the Historical
Society Museum Gift Shop.
Situated where the rugged Tunica Hills skirt the Mississippi River, St. Francisville began as a part of Spanish West Florida in the early 1800s. The first settlers were adventurous Anglos who rebelled against Spain, established a short-lived independent republic, stopped the Civil War to bury a Union officer, and planted vast acres of indigo, cotton, and cane.
In the 1900s, St. Francisville became the cultural and commercial center of the surrounding plantation country.
Today, overlooking the river from atop a high, narrow ridge "two miles long and two yards wide," it remains the West Feliciana parish seat. Tourists visit its picturesque downtown, a lively Main Street Community and National Register Historic District.
Antebellum plantations and gardens draw tourists year-round, and the unique hilly terrain provides unsurpassed recreational opportunities for hiking, bicycling, birding, hunting, and nature studies.
Ever since John James Audubon painted dozens of birds in West Feliciana
in 1821, artists, writers, and other visitors have found inspiration in this scenic,
-- Anne Butler and Norman Ferachi. Images of
America: St. Francisville and West Feliciana Parish
(Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2014)
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