St. Francisville Louisiana


Travel to St. Francisville and the Great River Road in Louisiana

The St. Francisville area is rich in history, having been settled in 1809 on the bluffs above the banks of the Mississippi River.

Virginia House, circa 1817, Royal Street, St. Francisville
Virginia House, circa 1817, Royal Street, St. Francisville

We've been a regular visitor over the years to St. Francisville, situated just north of Baton Rouge on U.S. Highway 61, the Great River Road, as shown on the St. Francisville Map.

We have friends there, and we seriously considered buying real estate there for many years. We love the rolling hills, lush vegetation and the quiet that West Feliciana Parish has to offer. We enjoy the many small restaurants and antique stores, and driving the countryside.

We've made the trip north on The Great River Road, U.S. Highway 61, to Natchez and Vicksburg several times, and love the green, rolling hills along the way: a highly recommended route!

Classic southern home in St. Francisville, Louisiana
Classic southern home in St. Francisville, Louisiana
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

St. Francisville Area Plantation Homes

The St. Francisville area is rich in history, having been settled in 1809 on the bluffs above the banks of the Mississippi River.

St. Francisville and the surrounding countrysides offer a number of plantation tours at venues such as:

Rosedown Plantation

12501 Highway 10
St. Francisville, LA 70775
Phone 225.635.3332

Rosedown Plantation website

Photo of Rosedown Plantation

Oakley Plantation

Located within Audubon Memorial Park, 4 1/2 miles southeast of St. Francisville on State Hwy. 965, off US Hwy. 61.

Phone 225.635.3739

Oakley Plantation website

Oakley Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation

7747 U.S. Highway 61
P.O. Box 1100
St. Francisville, Louisiana 70775
Phone 225.635.6277
or 800.809.0565

Myrtles Plantation website

The Myrtles Plantation in Saint Francisville, Louisiana

The Cottage Plantation

Located on U. S. Highway 61, six miles north of St. Francisville

Cottage Plantation website

The Cottage Plantation in St Francisville, Louisiana

Afton Villa Plantation

St. Francisville, Louisiana

Although a fire in 1963 destroyed this gothic antebellum mansion, the gardens at Afton Villa are among the most famous and picturesque in the state.

Afton Villa Plantation website

Afton Villa Plantation

 

 

Attractions Around St. Francisville

Today, St. Francisville maintains a popular main street historic district with antique shops, art galleries, and cafes and restaurants. Just south of St. Francisville is the Port Hudson State Commemorative Area and its miles of trails through rugged wooded terrain.

St. Francisville, and nearby Cat Island, is a well known birding destination, and offers eco-tourism nature-related events such as the annual Spring Audubon Pilgrimage, Audubon Country BirdFest and the Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration.

We've also been on the Tour of Homes and Christmas in the Country and highly recommend those events.

St. Francisville Hotels, Lodging and Restaurants


The area offers a number of bed & breakfast opportunities, in town and in the countryside, including, among others:


"The Bluffs"
is a country club style, upscale residential and golfing community located just east of St. Francisville. Other accomodations are available in nearby Baton Rouge.


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John James Audubon Bridge

In December 2010, the construction of the John James Audubon Bridge reached a historic milestone with the connection of the two spans, creating the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

The bridge was opened on May 5, 2011.

The opening of the bridge closed a St. Francisville icon at the end of the main street: the St. Francisville ferry, which offered regular service across the Mississippi River to west bank communities including New Roads for decades.

The John James Audubon Bridge over the Mississippi River between New Roads and St. Francisville, Louisiana
The John James Audubon Bridge over the Mississippi River between New Roads and St. Francisville, Louisiana
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

 

Have plans to tour Louisiana plantations and swamps?

Visitors to Louisiana often experience the Bayou State firsthand, by touring its magnificent plantations, and swamps!

In the greater New Orleans area, there are many swamp and plantation tour options in communities such as Marrero, Westwego, Braithwaite, Lafitte, Des Allemands and Laplace.

Others plantation and swamp tours originate in South Louisiana cities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Slidell, Houma and Thibodaux.

Read more about swamp tour options in South Louisiana.

More Information about St. Francisville

For more information, visit the official tourism website for St. Francisville and West Feliciana Parish


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Photographs of St. Francisville, Louisiana Churches

Grace Episcopal Church

St. Francisville, Louisiana

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Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville Louisiana

United Methodist Church

St. Francisville, Louisiana

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United Methodist Church in St. Francisville Louisiana

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church

St. Francisville, Louisiana

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Saint Francisville Louisiana

Photos of Historic Main Street Structures in St. Francisville

Main Street

St. Francisville, Louisiana

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House on Main Street, St. Francisville, Louisiana

Main Street

St. Francisville, Louisiana

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House on Main Street, St. Francisville, Louisiana

Dentist Office

Main Street

St. Francisville, Louisiana

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Dentist office in a plantation style home, on Main Street, St. Francisville, Louisiana
Historic Images of St. Francisville

Rosedown Plantation

Now a State Historic Site

St. Francisville, Louisiana

Photo of Rosedown Plantation

The Cottage Plantation

St. Francisville, Louisiana

The Cottage Plantation in St Francisville, Louisiana

Oakley Plantation

St. Francisville, Louisiana

Oakley Plantation

Afton Villa Plantation

St. Francisville, Louisiana

Afton Villa Plantation

St. Francisville, Louisiana Map

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