The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation will showcase the Town of St. Joseph and Tensas Parish during its Spring Ramble, on Saturday, March 23. This one-day tour of nine historic sites will include private homes, churches and local landmarks.
The day will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church (120 Hancock Street, St. Joseph). A welcome will be followed by a brief talk about the history and development of the area by Judge John D. Crigler. The morning will continue with a walking tour of the Tensas Parish Courthouse and the Aroni-Davidson House.
Guests will travel self-guided to visit the Playhouse from Cross Keys Plantation, before continuing on to Winter Quarters. There, they will enjoy a boxed lunch with a brief introduction by Mimi Miller of the Historic Natchez Foundation on the connection Natchez had with Tensas and Concordia parishes.
The self-guided afternoon tour continues to Enola Plantation and Sudan Plantation in Waterproof. The Tensas Library and Museum and W.R. Baker and Son Mercantile Building will bring the tour back to St. Joseph ending mid-afternoon and giving guests time to visit local shops and enjoy wine and cheese.
Registration is $45 for Louisiana Trust members; $50 for non-members and $15 for students and teachers, with a current school I.D. Groups of 10 or more may register at a reduced rate by calling 225.930.0936. Prices include admission to the sites listed as well as a boxed lunch. Proceeds from the tour help support Louisiana Trust’s programs to save endangered historic buildings and sites statewide.
The Louisiana Trust holds two Ramble tours each year in historic communities around the state. The organization will host the 40th Annual Louisiana Preservation Conference in Downtown Baton Rouge on May 2nd & 3rd. More information at LTHP.org.
Registration deadline for the Spring Ramble is Tuesday, March 19.