The Bluffs on Thompson Creek is located in historic rural West Feliciana Parish, close to the quaint St. Francisville Historic District. Resting on a bluff above the banks of the Mississippi River, the town’s painstaking efforts at preservation and maintaining its historical heritage make it a popular destination for those in nearby cities seeking a weekend escape, tourists with a desire to explore impeccably restored homes and gardens, and international visitors seeking some of the richest and most beautifully preserved history of our nation. Known for its small-town charm and welcoming rural atmosphere, St. Francisville’s historic district is a carefully tended treasure, its streets lined with historic homes and churches on the National Register.
Boutiques and antique malls open their doors to visitors strolling through town, and many businesses make use of historic commercial buildings. Parks and benches are sprinkled along the way for visitors who want to enjoy the scenery while resting their feet.
Historic cemeteries with their Victorian tombstones and ironwork fencing dot the town and parish. Numerous plantation homes in the area are open for the public to tour as are several spectacular planation gardens, riotous with color and lovingly minded. The historic churches within the District welcome guests during the day, and the recently refurbished Historical Society Museum is not to be missed.
Nature lovers will enjoy the cemetery and plantation settings, but the parish is also replete with wilderness areas. Whether explorers want a preserve like Cat Island, whose National Champion Bald Cypress is a must-see, or simply backroad hiking and biking, they will have plenty to discover. The parish is a sanctuary for an array of birds, and a drive through back roads is sure to treat you to a glimpse of a variety of wildlife.
Retaining its natural beauty against all odds in an ever-commercialized society, visitors can still clearly see what attracted John James Audubon to the area in the 1820s to create dozens of his famous Birds of America paintings. It is easy to see why this area, built among the only hills and bluffs of south Louisiana, is a favorite destination.