Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I recently acquired this photo of theWakefield Plantation while visiting St. Francisville, Louisiana. It is also referred to as the Stirling Plantation. Lewis Stirling and his wife, Sarah Turnbull Stirling resided in a 1807 log house until 1834 when the present house was built.
Members of my Morgan and Weathers families were slaves on this plantation. Many of them were born, raised and died here. Lewis Stirling is their last slaveholder.
Wakefield plantation was originally two and one-half stories, but in 1877 the house was divided by the heirs and two other houses were built from it. Those two houses later burned, leaving the original diminished house. The current owners are Dr. Eugene and Jolie Berry.
During the 42nd Annual Audubon Pilgrimage, March 15, 16, 17, 2013, eight homes will be opened for tours including the Wakefield Plantation. This pilgrimage celebrates John Audubon's stay at the Oakley Plantation where he tutored a child and painted birds.