Find history, outdoor adventure, relaxation and more during a getaway to St. Francisville
This history-rich region and its beautiful plantations welcome visitors year-round.
Located on US Hwy. 61 on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi, St. Francisville is a year-round tourist destination. Visitors, however, find it especially enjoyable in March, when the glorious 19th-century gardens are still filled with winter-blooming camellias mixed with the earliest blooms of spring.
A number of splendidly restored plantation homes are open for tours daily: the Cottage Plantation, Butler Greenwood Plantation, The Myrtles Plantation, and Greenwood Plantation, plus Catalpa Plantation by reservation and Afton Villa Gardens seasonally. Particularly important to tourism in the area are its two significant state historic sites, Rosedown Plantation and Oakley Plantation, which offer fascinating living-history demonstrations most weekends, allowing visitors to experience 19th-century plantation life and customs.
The nearby Tunica Hills region offers unmatched recreational activities, such as hiking, biking, birding, photography, and hunting, in its unspoiled wilderness areas. There are unique art galleries and specialty and antiques shops, as well as fine restaurants throughout the St. Francisville area serving everything from soul food, seafood, and classic Louisiana favorites to Chinese and Mexican cuisine.
For overnight stays, the area offers some of the state’s most popular bed and breakfasts, including historic plantations, lakeside clubhouses and beautiful townhouses right in the middle of St. Francisville’s extensive National Register-listed historic district. There are also modern motel accommodations for large bus groups.
For visitor information, call the West Feliciana Tourist Commission at 1-800-789-4221; online visit http://stfrancisville.us/.
You can also learn more about St. Francisville at http://stfrancisville.blogspot.com.