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Saving History, One Frame

Saving St. Francisville History, One Frame At A Time By Anne Butler “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday,” said Nobel...
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Unique Culinary History

St. Francisville Noted For Its Unique Culinary History by Anne Butler   ...
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P.T. Barnum's Visit

Barnum’s traveling company performed  from Nashville where they visited General Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage, on down through Vicksburg where ...
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The True Democrat

More than a century covering the news in a historic little Louisiana river town ...
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History Comes Alive

Slip back into the 19th century as one of a growing number of re-enactors dedicated to preserving the past and making it come alive for today’s obser...
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Bayou Sara Kayak Rental revives access to St. Francisville creek

Bayou SaraBy Anne Butler
Photos from Ava Barrett

            Flatboaters in the late 1700s used to pull into the still waters of Bayou Sara creek where it emptied into the Mississippi River to get out of the river’s strong current and spend a peaceful night on the way to New Orleans. Often these same boatmen also stopped there on their walk back up the river to wherever they started their journey; their boats, with no engine power, could hardly travel upriver against the current, so the flatboats were broken up and sold for lumber, setting the crew afoot as they headed for home.

            And so a little shantytown sprang up and took its name from the creek, . . . .

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 August 2015 )
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Former home in Parker ParkSt. Francisville’s Beautiful Oak-Shaded Parker Park
By Anne Butler
Few of the folks who enjoy community festivals and get-togethers on the landscaped grounds of beautiful Parker Park in historic downtown St. Francisville stop to think of the history of that particular property, but if these oaks could talk!
In 1870 Sara Mulholland Flower sold her 40-arpent property called Magnolia Glen, located right in the heart of town where the well-travelled roads leading from Woodville, Baton Rouge and Bayou Sara converged. The buyer was a young dentist from New York, Dennison Stocking, who had moved to Pointe Coupee as a 22-year-old, served four years in the Confederate army, then moved across the river to St. Francisville. There he set up his dental chair in one room of the old Magnolia Glen house and advertised that he would attend all calls on the coast (meaning the Mississippi River) from New Orleans to Natchez, as well as “the back country when accessible with a buggy.”
As he prospered, his family grew to include a wife and three daughters named Eliska, Eugenie and Mehitable, the latter known as Hetty. In 1876 plans for a
Last Updated ( Saturday, 25 July 2015 )
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Why do shutter bugs flock to West Feliciana Parish & St. Francisville
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Picnicing in the Parks

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For an old-fashioned picnic, West Feliciana Parish of Louisiana has many ideal locations.
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