Four private homes, along with other locations, will be spotlighted during the 47th annual Audubon Pilgrimage.
WHEN: March 16-18. Homes are open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16-17 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18.
WHERE: In and around St. Francisville
INFORMATION: (225) 635-6330, westfelicianahistory.org/pilgrimage.html
TICKETS: $40, good for all three days
OTHER EVENTS: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 16 — a wine and cheese reception, Grace Church cemetery tour, period costume style show, vintage dancers, an Audubon art exhibit at Market Hall and hymn singing in the United Methodist Church, $25; 7 p.m. March 17 — "Light Up the Night," an evening of food, drinks, live music and dancing in the Historic District, $60. Tickets available at the Historical Society Museum, 11757 Ferdinand St., or online.
- Woodland, a mid-1800s Greek Revival that combines both Creole and Anglo-American features and was moved 300 miles across the Mississippi River and restored by owners Cammie and David Norwood.
- The Cedars, built in the Federal style in the 1790s for an early settler from Virginia, whose first cash crop was tobacco and whose original barn and outhouse remain on the property, recently restored by owners Kelle and Andrew Grezaffi.
- Greenwood Plantation, called the finest Greek Revival home in the South, nearly 100 feet square with 28 Doric columns of brick, owned by Julie and Hal Pilcher.
- Miss Lise's Cottage, which was hauled up the hill in 1890 to escape flooding from Bayou Sara, where it had been built, owned by James K. Dart and David A. Parker II.
- The Law Office, which has housed the offices of attorneys since it was built across from the courthouse in 1842, now the offices of Kora, Grezaffi & Levasseur Capital Management.
- Rosedown, the State Historic Site, built in 1834 by Daniel Turnbull and his wife, Martha Barrow, who created and documented 27 acres of formal gardens surrounding the stately home.
- Oakley, at the Audubon State Historic Site, recently renovated three-story West Indies-style home built by James Pirrie, whose wife, Lucy, hired John James Audubon as a tutor for their daughter, Eliza.
- Afton Villa Gardens, with an avenue of live oaks underplanted with azaleas and parterres and terraced vistas surrounding the romantic ruins of the Gothic Revival mansion which burned in 1963. The gardens were restored by Genevieve Trimble and her husband, the late Morrell Trimble.
OTHER: Visitors also can tour several churches, including Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the United Methodist Church, Grace Episcopal Church and historic St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Volunteers will demonstrate homestead skills at Rural Homestead, and children will perform traditional dances in authentic costumes on Royal Street. There will also be birding at the Audubon State Historic Site and an exhibit of more than 60 of John James Audubon's Birds of America paintings he did during his stay in the Felicianas.