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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The private home of Mr. and Mrs. Davis Treppendahl. 12285 Highway 965

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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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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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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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Temple Sinai  

The rehabilitation of historic Temple Sinai, which was built in 1903, is slated to be the first under taking in the Julius Freyhan Foundation’s vision to create a new cultural center that will be used as a community center and museum which showcases  the early Jewish population of St. Francisville.

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 Beechwood Plantation

This historic home is the private residence of Mrs. Lawerence Smart . 10072 Highway 61


Contact Us:

Lucie Cassity
(225) 635-3738 or (225) 721-0051