An afternoon of living history with John James Audubon and the Strong Women of Oakley.
Sponsored by The Friends of Oakley
"Audubon Under the Oaks" will be an afternoon of living history on the beautiful grounds of Audubon State Historic Site in St. Francisville, LA.
John J. Audubon lived here...and painted here...and taught here!
Visit the recently reopened 200-year-old Oakley House where John J. Audubon–the world-renowned artist and naturalist—spent the summer of 1821 and was inspired by the rich bird life in the surrounding woods. Step into his bedroom and see where he painted 32 of the birds in his famous Birds of America portfolio.
Eliza Pirrie, John J. Audubon, and Lucretia Pirrie
Listen to the Strong Women of Oakley, women through the decades who were influential in shaping the economic, social, and cultural life of the Felicianas.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the purchase by the State of Louisiana of the Oakley Plantation site as a state park, and the reopening of the house after exterior improvements. While here, spend time in the Visitor’s Center with its displays of life during Audubon’s time and prints of the birds he painted. Stroll the grounds and peek into the plantation kitchen and slave cabins.
The Louisiana State Champion Fiddle Player, James Linden Hogg, will be fiddling around the grounds as you enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and open bar under the oaks and the big tent. Catering by The Francis Southern Table.
The Friends of Oakley is a private non-profit organization which serves as a support group to the Audubon State Historic Site (Oakley), and has an IRS 501 C3 designation. Our mission is to assist in advancing the goals and programs of the park. For many years we have provided the funds to purchase furniture, paintings, housewares, and accessories which are displayed in Oakley House. We continue to support these efforts as well as supplementing funding for educational programs and necessary services.