The town of St. Francisville is beginning to look like Spring with azaleas blooming everywhere! We’re getting ready for our Annual Audubon Pilgrimage which is always held the third weekend in March. Many plantation homes will be open to the public including Rosebank Plantation, home to Beverly & David Walker. Beverly is the most talented “Martha Stewart” around, so I’m certain her home will be decked to the nines with flowers! Also on tour, although I haven’t seen it yet, is the recently renovated 1885 Queen Anne’s Cottage on the corner of Royal & Fidelity Streets in the Historic District. Patrick Tandy was the decorator, so I’m sure it will be fabulous! The Cabildo, also on Royal Street, a building dating from 1807, is the oldest building standing in St. Francisville’s Historic District, and served as headquarters when the short-lived West Florida Rebellion declared the Florida Parishes an independent colony in 1810. During Pilgrimage the Cabildo will house an exhibit of new works by wildlife artist Murrell Butler. An antiques show & sale will also be going on in three locations in the historic district: Masonic Lodge, Market Hall & Jackson Hall. Saturday evening will be the wonderful dining al fresco event catered by Chef Scott Varnadoe of Varnadoe’s Restaurant at The Bluff’s which is still open, despite recent news reports about the development closing. Only instead of dining on the veranda at The Bluff’s, it will be outdoors under the stars at the other end of Royal Street from Shadetree Inn, home of Full Spectrum Paints!
Here’s a photo of our driveway at Mon Soleil, Azaleas in full bloom!