Jackson to St. Francisville Loop
Linking two historic towns, this route gives you an opportunity to explore both Jackson and St. Francisville. Pick up a map at the West Feliciana Parish Historical Society Museum on Ferdinand Street and view the historical buildings and churches along Ferdinand and Royal streets. You can also browse for artworks, pottery and antiques. In Jackson, visit the Centenary State Historic Site, originally opened as the College of Louisiana in 1826. The Republic of West Florida museum has displays of Civil War relics, and at the Feliciana Cellars Winery, you could do a tour and tasting. This route includes flat stretches and some rolling terrain, and takes you past plantations that include Oakley House, Butler Greenwood, Locust Grove and The Myrtles (considered one of the most haunted places in Louisiana). Rosedown Plantation also is nearby.
Start: Parking lot at the corner of College & Charters ( Hwy.10) in Jackson. There is a large sign for the Museum and Library at this corner. Go West on Hwy. 10.
1.5 Right on Jones Vaughn Creek Road. This is a very curvy, rolling road.
8.3 Left on Sage Hill Road. Easily missed.
12.3 Right on Bains Ripstroph Road at T and Stop. There is a white fence on Bains.
12.5 Locust Grove State Historic Site. Visit the gravesites of Sarah Knox Taylor, wife of Jefferson Davis, and General Eleazor Ripley, distinguished soldier of the War of 1812.
15.8 Left on Hwy. 61 at T and Stop. Busy road with a big shoulder.
17.7 St. Francisville.
17.9 Veer right on Hwy.3057 (Commerce Street).
19.3 Right on Ferdinand Street toward ferry.
19.7 Feliciana Historical Society Museum and Tourist Information. Open from 9am to 5pm daily. Take time to see the museum’s dioramas, displays of vintage clothing, documents and other interesting exhibits. Maps of the historical district are available here.
Return to Jackson:
0.0 Feliciana Historical Society Museum and Tourist Information on Ferdinand Street.
0.3 Right on Hwy 61 Business.
1.3 Right on Hwy.61 at traffic light.
2.5 Left on Hwy.965.
5.5 Audubon State Historic Site and Oakley Plantation. Note: Oakley, the house at the Audubon State Historic Site, is where John James Audubon lived for a short time in 1821. He was tutoring the owner's daughter in drawing, dance, French and Latin for $60 a month plus room and board. Half his time was left free to work on his paintings of birds. Although there is no record of his success in teaching Miss Pirrie to draw, in his personal endeavors he completed or began 32 paintings while at Oakley. Guided tours are offered daily.
5.6 Green Acres Campground.
5.6 Right on Audubon Lane. Rolling terrain.
7.9 Left on Starhill Road (Hwy. 966) at T and Stop. Nice, smooth, mostly flat terrain.
13.9 Right on Hwy. 965.
15.2 The Lodge at the Bluffs on Thompson Creek. All suite lodging and Arnold Palmer Golf Course. Restaurant open daily.
16.4 Right on Hwy. 10
18.5 Jackson (Corner of College and Charters)