Southern Garden Symposium   St. Francisville, Louisiana    October 18 & 19, 2019


Established in 1809, St. Francisville is set in a unique location on a bluff of the Mississippi River. Often described as a town “two miles long and two yards wide,” the quaint community offers southern hospitality, charming shopping, and breathtaking scenery. Symposium events are held at several historic and picturesque locations.  Click here for more information.

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Afton Villa Gardens

Although a fire in 1963 destroyed the beautiful antebellum mansion, the gardens at Afton Villa are among the most famous and picturesque in the state. Beginning in 1972, Genevieve and Morrell Trimble undertook the task of restoring the grounds. Today the estate contains almost 35 acres of formal gardens and pleasure grounds, including the famous ruins gardens, a formal parterre garden, a daffodil valley, and a historic family cemetery. 

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Audubon State Historic Site - Oakley Plantation

The tall, airy house where John James Audubon stayed is a splendid example of colonial architecture adapted to its climate. Built circa 1806, Oakley predates the relatively heavy details of classic revival in Southern plantation homes and claims distinction for its beautiful simplicity. The rooms of Oakley have been restored in the style of the late Federal Period (1790-1830), reflecting their appearance when Audubon stayed there.  The home and surrounding 100 acres and numerous outbuildings are preserved as a state historic site by the Office of State Parks.

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A cultural arts and reception center, Hemingbough takes advantage of the extraordinary scenic beauty of West Feliciana Parish. Conceived and developed by Arlin Dease, Hemingbough’s classic architecture and tranquil gardens provide an ideal setting for the Southern Garden Symposium.

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This grand Neoclassical townhouse was built in 1905 for Judge Samuel McCutcheon Lawrason as a gift from his wife’s brother, a wealthy South Louisiana sugar planter.  The home is set on a beautifully landscaped hilltop and is crowned by a rare widow’s walk overlooking the Mississippi River.

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Jackson Hall at Grace Church
Organized March 15, 1827, Grace Church is the second oldest Episcopal church in Louisiana. The present structure, built in 1858-60, is a well-preserved brick building reminiscent of Gothic country churches which dot the English countryside. Its peaceful oak-shaded cemetery is filled with fine statuary and Victorian monuments of marble and stone.

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 IMG 2549 The Oaks
The Oaks was built in 1888 by Judge Thomas Butler on 158 acres of land originally part of Rosedown Plantation. Thomas, a Civil War veteran, and his wife Mary Fort Butler wanted a modern house close to town. The style of architecture that they chose was the very popular Queen Anne style, which features gingerbread trim, fancy turrets and deep dormers.  The home and 28 acres were purchased by the current owners in 1973.
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

This Catholic church was built in 1893 following a plan drawn by General P.G.T. Beauregard. The builders used cypress and pine, woods native to the area. From Catholic Hill visitors enjoy a splendid view of the Mississippi River.

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Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site
Built by Daniel and Martha Turnbull in 1834, Rosedown remains one of the most majestic properties in the area. The gardens are as grand as the home and were the province of Martha Turnbull throughout her life. The gardens grew out from the house over a span of several years, to cover approximately 28 acres. Currently, the planter’s home, historic gardens, 13 historic buildings and 371 remaining acres of Rosedown Plantation are preserved as a state historic site by the Office of State Parks.

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