Audubon State Historic Site, Saint Francisville

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Audubon State Historic Site is a state park property in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, between the towns of St. Francisville and Jackson. It is the location where noted ornithologist and artist John James Audubon spent the summer of 1821.Visitors come to see Oakley Plantation house, where Audubon lived at the time, and the surrounding plantation grounds. A portion of the 100acre site contains the forest which served as a setting for many of the 32 Birds of America paintings that Audubon created or began while at Oakley.Plantation houseBuilt circa 1806, the Oakley Plantation house is an example of early Anglo-American architecture in Louisiana, located on its historic site. Its interior rooms have been renovated in the style of the Federal period.Audubon spent four months at the home in 1821, teaching Eliza Pirrie, the teen-aged daughter of the plantation's owners James Pirrie and Lucretia "Lucy" Alston (Pirrie), to draw. This is when he completed his nature drawings on the site.The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 for its historical significance.
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  • We loved touring the colonial style plantation where Audubon drew some of his prints. The peacock on site added fun as well. The tour took about 30 minutes and there were grounds to see in addition. T...  more »
  • Although this is only two miles from our home, I haven't been here in over 15 years. We took family to the tour and I was so impressed by how much nicer it is. The state has done an impressive job of ...  more »
  • I'll be honest. My husband manages Oakley Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site. So I am basis. I also volunteer here as a open hearth cook,and I teach craft classes. The park is a beautifully wooded 100 acre park, with a 1 mile nature trail, picnic area and pavilion. The Plantation yard features two slave cabins, period to Oakley Plantations time period but not original to Oakley Plantation. The original kitchen building and barn. And of course Oakley House. I have been to many Plantation and this one has a lived in feeling, a welcoming feeling about it. Furthermore it is decorated in the federal style very reminiscent of what John James Audubon would have seen during his stay here in 1821. If you like old homes, Plantation, etc. You won't be disappointed in this one. They of course have a beautiful museum and gift shop to.
  • We absolutely loved this historic site! Wonderful tour. Neat museum + gift shop. Loved the original audobon paintings on display as well. Anyone who loves nature + art + history will appreciate it's beauty. The peacock and raccoons were just a bonus!

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