The Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibit, Journey Stories

Photograph from the National Register collection
Sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities and hosted by The West Feliciana Historical Society, The Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibit, “Journey Stories” will commemorate the story of immigration travel across the United States. Learn about how people traveled by road, rail, river and trail during the great movements of people that built the United States.
Click here for more information and full schedule on The West Feliciana Historical Society’s webpage.
The first “Journey Stories” event will be on Saturday, February 11, 2012.  A walking tour of Jewish history will highlight significant structures and contributions of St. Francisville’s early Jewish immigrants, beginning at 11:00 am at Julius Freyhan School (near Barrow House Inn).
Later that day, at 3:30 pm, Oakley Plantation House (Audubon State Historic Site) will present a one-woman play entitled “Rachel O’Connor’s World” featuring talented local thespian Kathryn Ward portraying a determined female Feliciana plantation owner and planter.  Click here for more information about Rachel (from the Encyclopedia of Louisiana).
CD guides, which are available at St.Francisville’s Museum/Visitor Center for the duration of the exhibit, offer an interesting self-guided driving tour through West Feliciana Parish history, and a map overlay by artist David Norwood contrasts the present roadways with the original ones by which the earliest settlers arrived.
Barrow House Inn
Barrow House Inn, Circa 1809, in St. Francisville, is located near Julius Freyhan School, where the “Journey Stories” will be presented on February 11th.  Barrow House is a historic and romantic bed and breakfast in the heart of a fairy-tale town, St. Francisville. Enjoy its exquisite antiques and romance in the heart of the historic district.

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