St. Francisville to Rosedown State Historic Site
This loop will give you a nice taste of the Feliciana hills without requiring a lot of miles. The route includes a stretch of about four miles on Tunica Road, one of the most scenic roads in the area.
At the far point of the ride, you can enjoy the beautiful gardens of Rosedown Plantation. This splendid home is meticulously kept and full of beautiful antiques and original furnishings. Take a tour, if you have the time. The mansion is set among 28 acres of formal gardens. Rosedown showcases vintage plantings with early varieties of azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs. Linger on the veranda and enjoy the magnificent alley of oak trees that reaches from the house to the access road. You can also visit The Myrtles and Butler Greenwood plantations along the route. In St. Francisville you’ll find plenty of interesting historic sites, along with nice places to dine and just enjoy the scenery.
Start: Best Western St. Francis 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. Open from 9am to 5pm daily. Take time to see the museum’s dioramas, displays of vintage clothing, documents and other interesting exhibits.
1.8 Right on Tunica Road. (Cat Island 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 accommodation 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 Right on Hwy.10 at T and Stop. Church on left
15.0 ROSEDOWN PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE: A live-oak avenue leads to the 1835 classic Greek Revival house set among twenty-eight acres of formal gardens. Ranked among the nation’s most significant historic gardens, Rosedown showcases vintage planting with its early varieties of azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs. The Office of State Parks preserves the main house, historic gardens, 13 historic buildings and 371 remaining acres of Rosedown Plantation as a state historic site, State Parks staff and volunteers conduct tours and programs to illustrate plantation life in the 1800s. Admission is $5 to tour the gardens and $10 for the house and garden tour.
15.2 Left on Hwy 61.
15.5 BEST WESTERN ST. FRANCIS HOTEL ON THE LAKE.