#2,244 St. Francisville.

We woke up bright and early at one of the oldest motor court motels in the South, in St. Francisville, Louisiana. 

Garden and Gun and Southern Living sing its praises as one of the best small towns in America, and it’s just a wide place in the road with a few great restaurants and antiques and junk shops. With new vintage pieces for the shops in mind, and because I’m constantly on the quest to find the greatest small town in the world, we booked 2 motor cottages and made a day of it. We started with breakfast at Birdman’s Books and Coffee for their famous Belgian waffles and yellow grits and I’ve never tasted anything like them. Delicious!  

We toured Rosedown Plantation and learned its fascinating history and climbed a mahogany staircase that was handmade in 1850.   

Ben found the biggest loblolly pine ever.

We met some of Mallorie’s sweet family for lunch and had what’s called a Sensation Salad around here, which reminded me a lot of Tabella’s house salad, which is A-okay with me. Then we walked around town, finding all kinds of antiques for Dry Goods, loafing and piddling. It was gorgeous and sunny and brisk out there.   

As the sun was sinking low, we went to Grace Church to explore and look for Mallorie’s ancestors who go all the way back to George Washington. It was breathtaking and eerie there in the shadows of the live oaks and gravestones that predate the civil war.    

I found a little child’s grave from the 1800s on which a sweet olive was planted. I thought that was such a lovely way to remember a life. Don’t you? 

We drove down to the banks of the Mississippi River which is awe inspiring in person.  

And after a delicious dinner at the Myrtles Plantation Carriage House, I’m struggling to keep my eyes open. 

I can understand how St. Francisville deeply affected Mal as a child on her visits to her grandmother’s little cottage here.  There’s definitely a magic about it.


Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Daily Journal

6 thoughts on “#2,244 St. Francisville.

  1. Just added st. Francisville and laurel to our bucket list. Stunning photography. You have a beautiful eye for composition. What kind of camera do you use? Happy Valentine’s Day Erin, Ben , Jim and mal. Y’all are doing it right. (Side note, I wrote an email to HGTV asking to make the show a new program. That the station needs variety other than just the Gaines and Scott family.). Plenty of room for all.

  2. Sounds like a perfect day……I love piddling! We always walk through old cemeteries when we are in old towns. Definitely makes you feel connected to the past.


  3. What a beautiful small town. My DH has stayed there for a company meeting and loved it there too.
    Funny you mentioned yellow grits. I made them the first time two days ago. The dish was actually corn grits like Zea’s Restaurant is famous for in New Orleans and in Covington, La. If you ever go there be sure and try them and the thai snap beans. Yumm!
    The tour in the cemetery must have been so interesting.
    Hope you all didnt see any ghosts at Myrtles ha ha.

  4. How ironic!! Several friends and I recently planned a trip to St. Francisville during their pilgrimage in March and we have rooms booked at the motor court! Found them on the internet and they looked so cute and unique! How was your experience there? (Great, I hope!) Can’t wait to go!!

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