Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a three-part series on the annual Christmas Tour of Homes.
Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library is sponsoring the Christmas Tour of Homes, which is part of the Christmas in the Country event slated for Dec. 4-6.
Four homes and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church are the scheduled stops on the Tour of Homes. Decked out in Christmas decor, all of the sites are located north of St. Francisville and can be visited from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5.
St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church was built in 1857 on land donated by Sarah Mulford, of Retreat Plantation.
Constructed in a Gothic revival style from plans drawn by architect Frank Wills, of New York, St. Mary’s is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of a handful of small rural chapels from the antebellum period still standing in Louisiana.
The church served the religious and social needs of the planters in the area until 1947, when it ceased to be an active parish. It was consecrated in 1858 by the Episcopal Diocese.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery, which are under restoration, operate as a nonprofit registered with the Secretary of State’s Office. Donations are fully tax deductible.
Located on a wooded site 11 miles north on La. 66 (Angola Road) and about 12 miles north of St. Francisville in Weyanoke, St. Mary’s is open to the public 12 days each year.
The church is available upon request for weddings, baptisms, family gatherings, and cultural and historical events, Tour of Homes Chairwoman Pat Heurtin said.
Tickets for Tour of Homes cost $25 and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com or at the West Feliciana Parish Library, Louisiana Gift Basket Company and The Conundrum Book Shop, all in St. Francisville.
On Dec. 5, tickets can be purchased at the library or at each stop on the tour for $30 each. Children 12 and younger do not need a ticket.
For information, call Heurtin at (225) 784-2731 or the West Feliciana Parish Library at (225) 635-3364.