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St. Francisville, Louisiana
Plantation Country

A Treasure to Discover

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

The center of Louisiana's English Plantation Country, St. Francisville is surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery in the state, set as it is in the rugged Tunica Hills, where steep hills and wooded hollows abound in abundant flora and fauna found nowhere else in the Deep South. When famed artist-naturalist John James Audubon arrived in the area in the 1820's, he was so struck by its natural beauty that he stayed to paint nearly a third of his Birds of America studies, and much of the scenic beauty remains untouched today, making it a favorite of bicyclists, hikers, birdwatchers and nature lovers of every stripe.

The historic little town of St. Francisville, the commercial center for the surrounding cotton plantations and still popular landing spot for Mississippi River Steamboats, has an extensive Historic District of 19th-century structures restored to present-day vitality by a thriving Main Street restoration program and a local Historical Society which has long encouraged meaningful preservation. There are three 19th-century churches still in use, and an oak-shaded public park complete with bandstand/gazebo for concerts and festivals.

Seven historic plantation homes are open for tours year-round, and two of the South's most glorious antebellum gardens are spectacular, particularly in springtime. Overnight accommodations are available in a variety of facilities, from B&Bs on country plantations to historic townhouses, from country inns to new homes built just for entertaining, and there is a modern motel and a full-service resort around a bluff-side Arnold Palmer championship golf course. A number of restaurants provide good opportunities for sampling local cuisine, and St. Francisville is filled with fine little shops offering varied selections, including locally made jewelry from antique buttons.

Special Events

238-acre Hemingbough, summer home of the Baton Rouge Symphony, hosts thousands for outdoor concerts, hundreds for indoor conferences or receptions. The area offers a number of smaller meeting facilities in other locations as well.
Audubon Pilgrimage
Third weekend in March features tours of historic homes and gardens, a re-created rural homestead highlighting rustic skills and hostesses gloriously costumed in 1820's dress commemorating the artist Audubon's stay.
Louisiana Symphony's Summerfest
Features big-name guest artists and the Baton Rouge symphony at Hemingbough four weekends in May.
Festival of St. Francis
In September pays tribute to the town's patron saint with concerts, children's activities, run/walks, arts and crafts in downtown St. Francisville.
Angola Prison Rodeo
Each Sunday in October showcases the wildest wild west show in the South, with inmate/cowboys, musical entertainment, arts and crafts at the country's largest maximum-security penitentiary.
Christmas in the Country
For three weekends in December, St. Francisville shows off at its best, the historic structures transformed by hundreds of thousands of tiny while lights into a veritable winter wonderland full of the magic of the season; shop open houses, Christmas caroling, church programs and live nativities, parade, lots of children's activities, and B&B open houses.
For additional information, contact the West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission, P.O. Box 1548, St. Francisville, LA 70775. Telephone (225) 635-6330.

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