West Florida Republic Celebration
Pure Relaxing Fun
On the third weekend in March, when the azaleas are in full bloom and springtime weather beckons visitors to enjoy the outdoors, the West Feliciana Historical Society plans a weekend of special events, Invitation to St. Francisville: A Historical Tour of the West Florida Rebellion of 1810, to celebrate the area’s unique history and raise funds in support of its mission to preserve and promote West Feliciana’s history, culture and architecture.
From 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18, visitors check in to the historical society’s restored hardware store museum/visitor center on Ferdinand Street in St. Francisville. From 6:30 to 8:30, “A Taste of the Republic” celebrates the opening of an exciting and recently expanded museum exhibit explaining the revolt, including copies of the 27-page constitution, modeled after the U.S. constitution and generously donated to the state a decade ago by descendants of West Florida Republic president Fulwar Skipwith. There will be craft beer tastings, live blue grass music, and fried cracklin’s, fish and oysters straight from cauldrons cooked by the Rural Homestead’s expert cracklin’ cookers. Saturday features a walkabout or guided trolley tour along Royal Street from 9:30 to 12:30 viewing historic structures in existence in 1810 or somehow connected to the West Florida Rebellion and its brave “American patriots” whose courage set in motion the series of rebellions rolling westward that changed the face of America. Visitors will be welcomed inside to tour the hilltop house called Prospect with its original wellhouse. At noon the historic Methodist church bell rings, summoning visitors to assemble at Republic Park (Prosperity and Royal Street), where Rev. Daniel Hixon will deliver an invocation followed by a presentation by recognized Republic expert Dr. Sam Hyde, after which re-enactors will raise the flag of the republic. In the afternoon Saturday from 1 to 4, visitors can drive into the countryside to view outlying plantation sites important in planning the revolution: Rosale (Egypt), Highland and Woodland, and remnants of Troy, with welcoming docents and photo ops on the grounds only.
Do you have questions about our events, booking tickets, or how to get here? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!
West Feliciana Historical Society is 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
West Feliciana Historical Society
Post Office Box 338
11757 Ferdinand St.
St. Francisville, LA 70775