Audubon State Historic Site

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Audubon State Historic Site
Audubon State Historic Site Slave Cabins.jpg
Slave cabins at the site.
Map showing the location of Audubon State Historic Site
Map showing the location of Audubon State Historic Site
Map of Louisiana, United States of America
Location St. Francisville, Louisiana, United States of America
Coordinates 30°48′07″N 91°18′52″W / 30.801885°N 91.31444°W / 30.801885; -91.31444Coordinates: 30°48′07″N 91°18′52″W / 30.801885°N 91.31444°W / 30.801885; -91.31444[1]
Governing body Louisiana Office of State Parks
Official website

Audubon State Historic Site is a state park area located near St. Francisville, Louisiana. It is the location where noted artist John James Audubon spent the Summer of 1821. Visitors come to see the Oakley House, where Audubon lived at the time, and the surrounding plantation grounds. A portion of the 100-acre (0.40 km2) site contains the forest which served as a setting for many of the 32 paintings that Audubon created or instigated while at Oakley.[1]

Oakley House[edit]

Build circa 1806, the Oakley house is an example of colonial architecture located on the historic site. Interior rooms have been renovated to the style of the federal period. Audubon spent four months at the house attempting to teach Eliza Pirrie, the daughter of the estate owner, to draw. This is the time that Audubon completed his drawings on the site.[2]

The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 for its historical significance.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Audubon State Historic Site
Rear view of the Oakley house 
Back yard of the Oakley house 
Children's room in the Oakley house 
Slave cabin on the grounds 
Oakley plantation gardens 

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Audubon State Historic Site - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Louisiana Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Oakley Plantation House". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2011-04-11.