Oakley Plantation at 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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  • I took my daughter and her 2 preteen daughters for a weekend of fun and history. We went to Avery Island, and we stayed overnight at The Myrtles, then we did a tour of The Oakley. This was a beautiful...  more »
  • Great history and great tour guides. Pleasant tour that is authentic in every way. Good history lesson and accurate with stories told all throughout the house.  more »
  • Great place to bring the kids and learn about the past.
  • Much more historically significant than Rosedown.

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