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Seven architecturally unique and historic plantation homes and gardens are open to the public for tours, and a nationally recognized historic district can be found in our quaint town of St. Francisville, situated along the banks of the Mississippi River. Historical markers briefly tell the age of the houses and buildings. Interpretive programs are held at the two State Historic Sites in the parish so you can really, and sometimes literally, put your hands around the subject or sink your teeth into it!
ANTEBELLUM PLANTATION TOURS
Historic homes offering guided tours.
PARKS & REFUGES
Outdoor activities; golf, biking, hiking, birding, photography.
MUSEUMS & LIBRARY
Exhibits on West Feliciana History
Discover information on attractions, parks and everything else.
CHURCHES & CEMETERIES
Historic places of worship in West Feliciana Parish
St. Francisville's historic district, walking town map, shops, etc.
Angola - Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum
Museum showcases the history of Angola Prison, Louisiana's State Penitentiary, the nation's largest maximum-security facility. The prison was built on the grounds of an old plantation, and still operates a working farm. The museum includes displays of guard equipment, confiscated contraband items from prisoners, and written accounts from guards and prisoners alike.
Audubon State Historic Site (Oakley House)
Highlights; West Indies plantation home, hands-on museum, trails, herb gardens, slave quarters, barn with animals and out-buildings, such as a kitchen. To do: Guided plantation tour, visit out-buildings & barn, hiking & birding trails, photograph scenic views, picnic and talk with "Gus," the live turkey which roams the grounds.
Park Manager: John R. House III. Audubon State Historic Site Locust Grove State Historic Site Louisiana Office of State Parks Office: (225) 635-3739 Fax: (225) 784-0578
Butler Greenwood Plantation
Eight Generations of Tradition---Butler Greenwood Plantation was once an indigo and cotton plantation. Today this plantation is lived in and loved by members of the original family, one of very few such places. Renowned Louisiana author and historian, Anne Butler, gives tours of her family's home and offers overnight stays in bed & breakfast cottages on the grounds.Perfect setting for small, intimate receptions.
Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge
Currently 9,623 acres Wildlife Refuge open to hiking, canoeing, birding, photography, and hunting and fishing. A permit avalible from the West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission, $15 money order, is needed for hunting and fishing.
Catalpa Plantation Tours
Open by appointment only. Gracious Mary Thompson, descendent-owner of the original builder, conducts lively tours of this once thriving cotton and sugar plantation,featuring family treasures submerged in their pond from the raiding Civil War Yankees.
Cottage Plantation B&B
Surrounded by spacious galleries, this house was built on a Spanish land grant. It is one of the few remaining complete antebellum plantation complexes, and its dependencies include a law office/school house, milk house, kitchen, smoke house, old slave quarters, barns and other structures that complete a working plantation. The Cottage offers plantation tours and overnight lodging.
Grace Episcopal Church
An Historic structure and congregation with unusual Civil War ties.
Greenwood Plantation, one of the Barrow dynasty of homes in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, was originally built in 1830 by William Ruffin Barrow. In the 1830's, Greenwood, operating as a 3000 acre cotton plantation, provided the Barrow's with a comfortable living.Dramatic setting for receptions.
Hebrew Rest Cemetery
Hebrew Rest CemeteryLocated on Commerce St. near intersection of US Hwy 61, Hebrew Rest is remnants of once large Jewish community.
Locust Grove State Historic Site
Locust Grove Cemetery was deeded to the Office of State Parks in 1937 by heirs of Mrs. Anna E. Davis Smith. This small family cemetery, with only 27 plots, is the only remains of Locust Grove Plantation.
Louisiana State Welcome Center
Located at the Mississippi - Louisiana state line at the north end of West Feliciana Parish. Information available for St. Francisville, WF Parish and the state.
1819 Magistrate's Office above a"Farmers' Market"
Mary Ann Brown Preserve
Owned by The Nature Conservancy. 109 acres of deep ravines, loblolly forest and meadows.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Built from plans drawn by Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard in 1871.
Please, call for current services and times.
Parker Memorial Park
Majestic live oaks, numerous camellia shrubs surround the central gazebo. Locale to numerous local festivals and events. Picnic grounds.
Port Hudson State Historic Site
Site of a Major Civil War Action. Longest siege,with first employment of African-American Troops. Walking tours and living history events.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site
Rosedown Plantation, encompassing 374 acres in St. Francisville, is one of the most intact, documented examples of a domestic plantation complex in the South. It embodies the lifestyle of the antebellum South's wealthiest planters in a way very few other surviving properties can. Tours and meeting-reception areas are available.
The Myrtles Plantation
The Myrtles Plantation, circa 1796, invites you to step into the past to experience antebellum splendor. You will see fine antiques and architectural treasures of the South and discover why The Myrtles has been called one of "America's Most Haunted Homes". Unique overnight rooms and meeting areas available.
Tunic Hills Wildlife Management Area
Several biking and hiking trails through steep ravines, creek bottoms, and bluffs to the river. Wide variety of green growth and wildlife. No camping, please.
United Methodist Church
Historic 1826 structure with even older bell tower. Active congregation.
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