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St. Francisville, Louisiana
Plantation Country

A Treasure to Discover

Photo: Oakley Plantation

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The West Feliciana Railroad - History


West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission
P.O. Box 1548
St. Francisville, Louisiana 70775
(225) 635-6330

Nearly 200 years old, Oakley Plantation (pictured above) is nestled in a beautiful 100-acre state park. It is most notable for its famous resident, John James Audubon. Audubon arrived at Oakley in 1821 and painted more than 80 birds in his "Birds of America" series in this area.

Glorious, century-old gardens at Afton Villa (pictured on introduction page), inspired by the fabulous gardens of 18th-century France, have been restored to their original grandeur. In spring, camellias and azaleas bloom in profusion amidst stunning, moss-draped oak alleys and classic statuary.

Of Historic Interest

St. Francisville Main Street
Spend the day in a fascinating journey back in time as you browse through unique shops, a general store, art galleries, and restaurants.
Afton Villa Gardens
9247 US Hwy 61
Site of Gothic Mansion that burned in 1963, approached by serpentine avenue of oaks and azaleas. Open in season. Fee charged.
Butler Greenwood
8345 US Hwy 61
Plantation established in 1795, and still in original family. Elaborate Victorian formal parlor and extensive gardens. Open daily 9- 5, Sunday 1 - 5. Overnight guests; shop. Fee charged.
Catalpa Plantation
9508 US Hwy 61
Pleasant late Victorian home filled with family treasures of five generations. Park-like natural setting. Open daily 10-12 and 2-4. Closed December and January except by appointment. Fee charged.
The Cottage Plantation
10528 Cottage Lane
Shed roof protects 100-foot gallery on this early 1800 house surrounded by 10 original dependencies. Overnight guests, swimming pool, shop. Open 9-5. Fee charged.
Greenwood Plantation
6838 Highland
Famed Greek Revival home built in 1830, destroyed by fire in 1960 and reconstructed in 1980. Open daily, March to November 9-5; November to March 10-4. Fee charged.
The Myrtles Plantation
7747 US Hwy 61
Circa - 1796 ~ 200 years of Elegance and Intrigue. Restored mansion filled with art treasures and antiques revealing French influence. Open daily 9-5. Overnight guests. Fee charged.
Oakley House at Audubon State Park
11788 LA Hwy 965
West Indies influence apparent in house where Audubon tutored. Furniture in late Federal style. Open daily 9-5. Park entrance fee charged. NC to senior citizens.
West Feliciana Historical Society Museum
(225) 635-6330.
In St. Francisville on Ferdinand Street. Former hardware store restored to house museum featuring flag-bedecked walls, wire sculptures of early residents and charming miniature rooms. Ticket office for noted Audubon Pilgrimage. Tourist information. Admission free. Open daily 9-5, Sunday 9:30-5.
Nature Conservancy Mary Ann Brown Preserve
(225) 338-1040
109 acres offering approximately 2 miles of trails and gardens for public use. Primitive camping and picnic areas available with reservation.

Cemeteries & Churches...

The graceful Gothic architecture of Grace Episcopal
dedicated on Easter, 1860, is surrounded
by centuries-old oaks. It is but one of several 19th-
Century churches still in use today.

St. Francisville's rich and diverse ancestry is
preserved in the area's many historic cemeteries
which stand as silent sentinels to a colorful past.
photo of church in St. Francisville, Louisiana
Grace Episcopal (pictured above)
Established in 1827. Present structure, 1858. Surrounded by historical cemetery and stately oaks.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic
Built from plans drawn by Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard in 1871.
United Methodist
Built in 1899 to replace flood damaged church in Old Town of Bayou Sara.

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