Last week I got to mark off one item from my bucket list. I visited Oakley Plantation outside St. Francisville, Louisiana, the home of Lucy Pirrie who in 1821 invited John J. Audubon to tutor her young daughter in drawing.
"The rich magnolias covered with fragrant blossoms, the holly, the beech, the tall yellow poplar, the hilly ground and even the red clay, all excited my admiration," said Audubon. His stay at Oakley lasted only four months, but he painted 32 of his famous bird pictures here and developed a love for the beautiful West Feliciana Parish.
Besides the beautiful home and gardens, their museum holds original works by Audubon and his art box.