The Jackson Assembly is celebrating the 50th anniversary Friday through Sunday of its annual antiques and art show in Jackson.

Visitors will browse fine antiques and varied collectibles such as period furniture, silver, glass, porcelain, estate jewelry, linens, books, tools and Oriental rugs assembled by dealers from seven states inside two historical buildings, the McKowen and Pipes-McKowen buildings, organizers said.

The Jackson Assembly, a nonprofit volunteer organization founded in 1962, purchased and restored the two Charter Street landmarks with proceeds from past shows helping establish the town’s Historic District.

Proceeds from the three-day event continue to fund historic preservation projects by the group.

Held in conjunction with the antique show is the Feliciana art show featuring fine art, wood carvings, jewelry and pottery from Louisiana artists.

Formerly the McKowen Store, Charter Street Studio is transformed each year into a gallery of art forms for the art show, Carolyn Thornton, art show publicity chairwoman, said.

Anchoring the show will be artists Linda Broderick, Alice Kent, Donna Bateman Kilbourne, Roger Persons and Thornton.

Additional artists representing various mediums will also be featured: Judi Betts, Judith Braggs, Peggy Carbo, Stephany Causey, Ronnie Collins, Frances Durham, Roberta Loflin, Sandra and Wayne Maltese, Jenny Mills, Keith Morris, Dotti Radcliff, Feliciana potter Craig Roth, Catherine Rouchon, Cleo Scott and Della Storms.

Native plants and flowers by local nurseries will be sold outside the studio under the awning.

For lunch, attendees are invited to the McKowen Store basement, also known as the Gumbo Kitchen, for homemade gumbo, sandwiches, soups and desserts prepared by East Feliciana residents and Jackson Assembly volunteers.

The candy counter will have cakes, candy, cookies, brownies, fudge, pralines and other desserts for sale.

Three historic churches; the restored 1849 Greek Revival building of St. Alban’s Masonic Lodge; the circa 1818 Brown Cottage; the center building at the circa 1848 East Louisiana Hospital; the 1820s Feliciana Courthouse; and old Jackson Cemetery will all be open for guided and self-guided tours from noon until 4 p.m. daily.

Nearby Centenary State Historic Site will be open including the columned, two-story 1837 West Wing dormitory and restored professor’s residence, which holds historic exhibits and period furnishings.

Entrance fee to the Jackson Assembly is $10 and includes admission to the antiques show and sale, art show and sale, tour of Ellis Cottage, Centenary and St. Alban’s all three days. Hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. March 27-28 and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 29.

For information, visit or call the Jackson Assembly at (225) 634-7155.

For information on the art show, email Persons at or Thornton at or call (225) 634-0067.