For over four decades the sponsoring West Feliciana Historical Society has thrown open the doors of significant historic structures to commemorate artist-naturalist John James Audubon's stay as he painted a number of his famous bird studies and tutored the daughter of Oakley Plantation's Pirrie family, beautiful young Eliza.
When the artist arrived in the St. Francisville area in 1821, he recorded in his journal that the rich lushness of the landscape and flourishing birdlife "all excited my admiration." Having set for himself the staggering task of painting all the birds of this immense fledgling country, Audubon would find the inspiration to paint dozens of his bird studies while residing at Oakley.
Popular as the central focus of the Audubon State Historic Site for more than half a century, Oakley has been beautifully restored and furnished in the late Federal style. Read more...
11757 Ferdinand St. St. Francisville, LA 70775
PHONE: 225-635-6330 MUSEUM HOURS: Monday - Sunday 9 am - 5 pm