Cruises to St. Francisville

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About Cruising to St. Francisville

Located about an hour north of Baton Rouge and an hour south of Natchez, St. Francisville is known for its antebellum homes, and for bed and breakfasts set in historic homes. There are fewer than 1,800 residents in St. Francisville, but it has an atypical sophistication for such a small Southern town.

It's the second-oldest town in Louisiana (after Natchitoches), tracing its history back to a 1730s church and burial ground named after St. Francis. But its settlement really began with land grants from the King of Spain to Anglo-Americans after the American Revolution, and a street plan made in 1807. Locals say St. Francisville, set on a narrow bluff 115 feet above the Mississippi River, is "2 miles long and 2 yards wide."

Visitors today will find several indoor antiques malls, boutiques, a bookstore, and a small museum and shop run by the West Feliciana Historic Society. There is an exhibit about John James Audubon, who lived here and painted many of his Birds of America series in the area, where he also worked as a tutor. Among items for sale around the holidays were angel ornaments made from balls of cotton, which is grown in mid-Louisiana.

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New Orleans & Southern Charms

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Heart Of The Delta

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Mississippi Delta Explorer

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Grand Mississippi Voyage

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Heart Of The Delta

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The Big Easy To The Gateway City

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More about St. Francisville

Why Cruise to St. Francisville?

Pros:

There are many well-preserved historic antebellum homes and plantations throughout St. Francisville

Cons:

There are quite a few sights here, but the town is small and there is not a ton of variety among the attractions

Bottom Line:

St. Francisville is small town with lots of Southern charm and plenty of history to take in

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the U.S. dollar. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Language?

English is the language spoken here.


St. Francisville Cruise Reviews
Rosedown Plantation was very interesting - great docent tour of the house.Read More
lyrrek
Interesting, but we ended up porting there twice due to the ship's propulsion system failing.Read More
jwgtucson
We chose the included tour of Rosedown Plantation, which has an interesting history. However, the time allotted for the tour only afforded enough time to visit the house, not he extensive grounds. Viking needs to addRead More
MostlyLegal
We were only half a day here. Didn't take the included plantation tour (but were told it was nice). Bus ride would have been an hour. Didn't take bus into town because that was an hour ride also. So two hours round tRead More
cutters60

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