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Angola: Louisiana State Penitentiary
Located up Hwy. 66 approximately 22 miles north of St. Francisville, La. Visit the Angola Penitentiary Historic Museum. Attend the prison rodeo every Sunday in October. Angola Wood Craft Show & Sale in the Spring & Fall.

Port Hudson Museum & Interpretive Center Port Hudson State Commemorative Area
Hike the six miles of well marked trails on this 899 acres of historic battlefield. Along the trails you will find three observation towers, an elevated broadwalk over the breastworks in the Fort Desperate Area, a museum, a picnic area and restrooms. And of course there are creeks, ponds, flora, and plenty of wildlife.
Location just ten minutes south of St. Francisville, Louisiana on U.S. Highway 61.
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WF Historical Society Information Center West Feliciana Historical Society & Information Center
Located in the old hardware store circa 1896, the museum houses photographic exhibits, miniature recreation rooms, period clothing and flags of the area. Visitors can find information, brochures and directions. Admission is free. Open daily 9am-5pm
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Annual Events

Oakley House Spring Audubon Pilgrimage  The third weekend of March each year.  The Annual Spring Pilgrimage is dedicated to the memory of John James Audubon, who set himself the task of painting all the birds in America. Package Tours included: public and private historic homes opened for tours, vintage dancers, rural homestead and many other festival events by the West Feliciana Parish Historical Society.
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Audubon Country BirdFest   The  Annual birding festival, "Audubon Country BirdFest" promises a wide array of birding field trips into spectacular wildlife areas showcasing the large number of both migratory and resident birds of the Felicianas, where John James Audubon produced art work on over 80 species. Guided field-trips, workshops, seminars and speakers highlight the festival located in Parker Memorial Park and the St. Francisville Inn.
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Easter Sunrise Services at Hemingbough -                                                                      Easter observance held outdoor in the amphitheater.


Angola Rodeo & Craft Fair              Springtime Rodeo held in April

Annual event held April and October. Angola State Prison opens its doors for visitors to experience what a prison rodeo is like. Popularity of the rodeo increases every year. A prison wood & craft shop sale is held in conjunction with the rodeo.

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Annual Jeep Jamboree - April  This annual event tests your skills and jeep to nearby trails, deep ravines, sandy beaches, and forested areas.
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Locus Grove Cemetery Sarah Knox Taylor Davis Memorial Day  
Daughter of President Zachary Taylor and wife of the Confederacy President Jefferson Davis - this day will be honor for Sarah Knox Taylor Davis. Celebration will be held at Locus Grove Cemetery. The Locus Grove Cemetery is now a State Commemorative Area and once was the family burial ground for Locus Grove Plantation
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Day the War Stopped  Held during the Summer . For a brief moment in 1863, the civil war stopped in the St. Francisville for a burial of Lt. Commander John E. Hart, commander of the federal gunboat Albatross. In commemoration of this unique event in history: a re-enactment of the burial, a play by local performers and other activities are scheduled.
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Angola Rodeo & Craft Fair                           Of course this event is  held every Sunday in October  Angola State Prison opens its doors for visitors to experience what a prison rodeo is like. Popularity of the rodeo increases every year. A prison wood & craft shop sale is held in conjunction with the rodeo.
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"Exploring Southern Gardens"  Held Annually in Oct. Southern Garden Symposium & Workshop - seeks to preserve and commemorate gardening of the deep South through lectures, workshops and a tour of historic Afton Villa gardens. The Symposium funds a major scholarship in the School of Landscape Architecture, L.S.U.

Christmas Parade down Ferdinand St. Christmas in the Country  Annual event held on the first full weekend in December.  Celebrate St. Francisville's Christmas Festival where the historic district is illuminated in tiny white lights. Some of the activities include; a live nativity, vintage dancers, strolling & gospel choirs, and of course children Christmas parade.
For a sampling, visit last year's Christmas in the Country schedule of events - just click on the visit button.

St. Francisiville, Louisiana Library Tour of Homes The  West Feliciana Friends of the Library Tour of Homes will be held during Christmas in the Country between noon and 5 pm. The homes are located in St. Francisville, La. and surrounding countryside.

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