The St. Francisville area is rich in history, having been settled in 1807 on the bluffs above the banks of the Mississippi River in West Feliciana Parish.
The historic town is situated just north of Baton Rouge on U.S. Highway 61, the Great River Road, as shown on the St. Francisville Map.
St. Francisville is known for its uniqueness and slower pace of living. Nestled in the hills of West Feliciana Parish, the topography, abundant wildlife, and natural beauty makes this a fabulous destination for outdoor exploration.
St. Francisville and the surrounding countrysides offer a number of beautiful churches, exciting shopping venues, award winning restaurant, and historic home tours. It also 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 Historic Site 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 Audubon Country BirdFest and the Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration. And don't miss the Audubon State Historic Site located nearby.
Popular in the winter is the Tour of Homes and Christmas in the Country.
Virginia House, circa 1817, Royal Street, St. Francisville
|Typical cottage home in St. Francisville
||Grace Church in St. Francisville
Classic southern home in St. Francisville (Photo courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)
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The John James Audubon Bridge across the Mississippi River is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere. The opening of the bridge in May of 2011 closed a St. Francisville icon at the end of the main street: the St. Francisville ferry, which offered regular service across the 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
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)
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