Every third weekend in March since 1972, the West Feliciana Parish Historical Society’s Audubon Pilgrimage has commemorated artist and naturalist John James Audubon’s stay in St. Francisville, where he painted a number of his famous bird studies and tutored the daughter of Oakley Plantation’s Pirrie family in 1821.

Each year, Audubon Pilgrimage features a tour of private homes, state historic sites — Audubon (Oakley Plantation) and Rosedown — Afton Villa Gardens, historic churches and the Rural Homestead.

Light up the Night, a Saturday night soiree held during the Pilgrimage, was sponsored this year by Entergy River Bend.

As a title sponsor, Entergy donated $5,000 in support of the historical preservation efforts of the West Feliciana Historical Society.