Afton Villa Gardens

St. Francisville, Louisiana


We welcome you to come inside our website and learn more of the history of Afton Villa and its place in the history of the South.

Although a fire in 1963 destroyed the gothic antebellum mansion, the gardens at Afton Villa are among the most famous and picturesque in the state. Beginning in 1972, Genevieve and Morrell Trimble undertook the task of restoring the grounds. Today the estate contains over 20 acres of formal gardens and pleasure grounds, including the famous ruins gardens, a formal parterre garden, a daffodil valley, a historic family cemetery, and more.


Annual Audubon Pilgrimage

March 20th - 22nd, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
West Feliciana Historical Society
11757 Ferdinand St.,
St. Francisville, LA 70775

The annual Audubon Pilgrimage March 20–22 celebrates a southern spring in St. Francisville, the glorious garden spot of Louisiana's English Plantation Country. For four decades the sponsoring West Feliciana Historical Society, its docents resplendent in authentic 1820's costumes, has thrown open the doors of significant historic structures to commemorate the tenure there of artist-naturalist John James Audubon as he painted a number of his famous bird folios.


The History of Afton Villa, told by G. Trimble

Spring Season:
March 1st - June 30th 2020
Open 7 Days A Week:

Adults $5.00
Children under 12 Free

Fall Season:
Oct. 1st - Nov. 30th
9am - 4:30pm

Main (225) 635-6773
Alt. (225) 721-2269

9347 US-61
St Francisville, LA

The cluster of notable 19th century gardens in West Feliciana are outstanding examples of what unlimited time, wealth, labor and horticultural knowledge, combined with rich soil and a happy climate could produce in antebellum culture. These gardens remain monuments to past glories and to their hardiness.

Afton Villa - The Birth and Rebirth of a Ninteenth-Century Louisiana Garden
Afton Villa

The Birth and Rebirth of a Ninteenth-Century Louisiana Garden - by Genevieve Munson Trimble

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