This lush natural setting, with a variety of birds singing throughout the 100-acre forest, still inspires visitors. In these peaceful environs, it is easy to imagine the artist filling his sketch pad with notes and drawings for his famous series of bird illustrations.
James Audubon came upriver from New Orleans to do more than paint pictures. He had been hired to teach drawing to Miss Eliza Pirrie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Pirrie, owners of Oakley. His teacher-artist arrangement was short-lived due to a misunderstanding with Mrs. Pirrie. Only four months after his arrival, Audubon returned to New Orleans. Although there is no record of his success in teaching Miss Pirrie to draw, in his personal endeavors he completed or began 32 bird paintings while at Oakley.
Audubon State Historic Site
11788 Highway 965
St. Francisville, LA 70775
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed during Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day
House Tour and Grounds Admission
- $10 per adult
- $8 for senior citizens
(62 and older)
- $5 for students
- Free for children
(3 and under)
Grounds Admission Only
- $5 per person (4 and older)
- Free for children 3 and under
Phone: 225-635-3739 / 888-677-2838
Official Website: Audubon State Historic Site
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.