St. Francisville to Audubon State Historic Site
Lovely country roads will take you past plantation homes and the historic Locust Grove Cemetery on your way to Audubon State Historic Site. Noted naturalist John James Audubon came to this spot, and stayed at Oakley House Plantation, to tutor the daughter of Oakley’s original owners. Visitors today can tour the plantation and view several original Audubon prints on display there.
Bring hiking shoes for a walk on some of the lovely trails, where you can experience the natural beauty that inspired Audubon’s paintings. Since there are no stores or restaurants along the way, bring some snacks to keep you going until you return to St. Francisville, and always carry lots of water.
Start: Best Western St. Francisville on Hwy 61, on the lake. Turn right out of parking lot.
0.2 Right on Burnett (between Sonic and McDonald’s)
0.7 Left on Commerce.
0.8 Right on Ferdinand (Ferry sign)
1.2 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.
1.8 Right on Tunica Road (Cat Island NWR sign). This is one of the most scenic roads in the Felicianas.
3.7 Right on Airport Road. Easily missed.
4.5 At Y bear right on Airport Road. Then name changes to Charlotte Armstrong.
4.8 Left on Hwy.61.
5.0 Myrtles Plantation. The house is noted for its elaborate interior plasterwork and its resident ghosts. Overnight accommodations and a restaurant; open for tours.
6.0 Butler Green Plantation. Established as a plantation in 1795, and still in the same family. Elaborate Victorian formal parlor and extensive, old gardens. Open for tours daily from 9am to 5pm. The plantation offers bed and breakfast accommodations.
6.8 Right on Bains Road. (Legacy Park sign)
10.1 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.
11.1 Left on Hwy.10 at T and Stop. Church on left.
11.1 Take an immediate right on Joe Daniels Road.
13.4 Left on Hwy.965 at T and Stop.
13.6 AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE: 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.
13.6 Green Acres Campground.
13.9 Right on Audubon Lane.
16.1 Left on Hwy. 966 at T and Stop.
22.1 Left on Hwy 965 at T and Stop.
24.0 AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE.
26.8 RIGHT ON HWY 61.
28.5 BEST WESTERN ST. FRANCIS INN ON THE LAKE