West Feliciana Historical Society and Museum
Preserve and promote West Feliciana historically, culturally and architecturally through education and stewardship
The West Feliciana Historical Society played a great part in leading the way for the preservation of the Historic District in St. Francisville . Along with the City of St. Francisville, the Mayor and Town Council, the Historic District Commission, St.Francisville Main Street and the West Feliciana Tourism Commission, the Historical Society works toward preserving this unique, wonderful jewel of culture and people ... St.Francisville.
In the late 1960s, before tourism became an industry and before preservation was a byword, several very forward-thinking individuals in West Feliciana formed a non-profit organization and initiated a process directly leading St. Francisville to top the list of Louisiana's best places to visit - second only to the city of New Orleans.
The charter members of the West Feliciana Historical Society invented tourism in our area. The West Feliciana Tourist Commission now directs all aspects of this very important industry. In the early years, the Historical Society conceived an annual pilgrimage to be its major fund-raiser, which began in 1972 and continued through 2019, the last year it was held.
The Historical Society continues to depend on the efforts of a faithful core of volunteers and fundraising to maintain the museum, to employ the museum director, and to design and update exhibits.
In 1970, the Society acquired the Weydert’s Old Hardware Store. In 1971, the old store building was established as a local history museum, West Feliciana Historical Society Museum. It was and continues to be an interpretive museum of local history. Presently, the museum workers or clerks field a variety of questions, some historical, some genealogical, and some just simply questions asking directions or where to eat, visit, or stay the night.
The Historical Society mission was modified and updated in 2014 and is now:
Preserve and promote West Feliciana historically, culturally, and architecturally through education and stewardship.
Board of Directors
President - Leigh Anne Jones
Vice- President -Willia Parkerson
Secretary -Sylvia Leake
Thomas Temple, Jr.
* Dorcas Brown
* Beryl Gene Daniel
* Nancy Vinci