- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
St. Francisville today is a testament to the lifestyle of a bygone era, with its plethora of charming antebellum-period homes and striking architecture. With over 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside and bustling Main Street shops, this quaint town situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River has a style all its own.
INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Pointe Coupee Hop On Hop Off Tour
Explore the oldest home in New Roads, the Lejeune House. Nestled under the 300-year-old Samson Live Oak tree, the stunning house and grounds overlook the iconic oxbow of the mighty Mississippi known as "False River." Constructed over 200 years ago, the LeJeune house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; it was occupied by descendants of the original owner until 1978. The current owners have furnished the home with décor true to the historic period in which the house was built. Enjoy a tour upstairs to soak in the beauty of the historic architecture and expert design.
New Roads Visitor Center & Henry Watson Demonstration
At the New Roads Visitor Center, get a glimpse into the heritage of the town along the False River. As you explore, gain insight into historic and modern-day New Roads. Browse the center's collection of antique boat motors and locally made artwork on display with a live demonstration from Henry Watson. Native to Pointe Coupee Parish, Henry Watson is a fine artist whose one-of-a-kind paintings have found homes throughout the world. "Watsons" are special paintings made from hand-carved, century-old cypress wood. Through the unique process, Henry Watson chisels the wood to create 3-D scenes, which he then paints. His pieces are not only visually stunning, but they also allow the artist and the viewers to feel the history within. Watch as Watson brings his works to life, most of which capture the landscapes and cultures of Louisiana.
Julien Poydras Historical Building
This historic building named for philanthropist Julien Poydras was constructed in 1924. In Poydras' last will and testament, he allocated funding to multiple charitable organizations. Today, the building houses the Pointe Coupee Historical Society which organizes educational exhibits, discussions and more for the community. During your visit, the building will host local artisans showcasing their products and small businesses. Every day is different, so you may see anything from jewelry to makeup, handmade accessories, or snacks and produce.
St. Mary of False River Church
Established in 1823 the church of St. Mary served as a church of St. Francis of Pointe Coupee. In 1904, a new church of the same name, St. Mary of False River Church began construction. The instantly recognizable gothic-style structure was completed in 1907 and has undergone a variety of renovations throughout its lifetime to maintain a pristine appearance. Visit the radiant and historic church to appreciate the beauty of the building and stories of the parish's past.