St. Francisville to Morganza
On this out-and-back ride, you’ll cross the Mississippi River on a ferry, and then follow the levee along the outskirts of New Roads and get a taste of life on the Mississippi as it was in the 1800s. Several lovely plantations face the levee, as do old churches and remnants of slave quarters.
Stop at Not Your Mama’s Café in Morganza for good food and great desserts. The Union Pacific railroad runs parallel to Highway 1 through this village of 800 people. Many years ago, it was a flourishing community and had numerous businesses. It is now primarily a farming community and is widely known as a hunting and fishing paradise. Since this trip is an “out and back”, you can just follow your route back to the ferry, or maybe veer into New Roads for a visit to some of the shops and historic sites along beautiful False River.
Start: Feliciana Historical Society Museum on Ferdinand Street. Continue on Ferdinand Street to the ferry.
1.4 Mississippi River Ferry. Crossings are on the hour and half-hour.
1.4 From the ferry landing on the West Bank of the Mississippi, continue on Hwy.10 toward New Roads. Allow ferry traffic to proceed before you begin your ride on Hwy 10.
4.0 Right on Hwy.420 following the levee along the Mississippi River.
7.1 Plantation home and magnificent old oak tree.
7.4 St. Francis of Point Coupee Church.
11.2 Right on Hwy.1 at T and Stop. Follow MRT sign.
14.4 Morganza City limits.
15.0 Grocery Store.
15.2 “Not Your Mama’s Café." A good place to stop for a meal or home baked cookies, cakes and other desserts.
Note: Morganza is a village of 800 people. It is bordered on the east by the Mississippi River and is protected by one of the largest levee systems built and maintained by the U.S. Corp of Engineers. The Union Pacific railroad runs parallel to Hwy.1 through the town. Many years ago, it was a flourishing community and had numerous businesses such as hotels, merchantiles, service stations, barber shops, saloons, a shoe shop and theatre. The first post office was established on January 22, 1847. It is now primarily a farming community and is widely known as a hunting and fishing paradise.
To return to St. Francisville, retrace your route to the ferry.