The 44th annual Audubon Pilgrimage was celebrated March 20-22 around West Feliciana Parish.

Visitors toured historic homes and gardens, enjoyed historic demonstrations and performances, and took in all that Louisiana’s English plantation country has to offer.

A steady stream of guests visited four houses on the tour this year — The Oaks, Retreat Plantation, Dogwood and the Levert-Bockel House — as well as Afton Villa Gardens, Audubon and Rosedown State Historic sites and the parish’s historic churches.

Activities from the daily lives of 19th-century residents were on display at the Rural Homestead and other highlights included children dancing and singing around a maypole, graveyard tours at Grace Episcopal Church’s cemetery and a play performed in the restored Temple Sinai about John James Audubon, whose time in the parish is celebrated each year.