Louisiana June 27, 2019
This Gorgeous Church Hiding In Louisiana Is Nothing Short Of Heavenly
The area from Shreveport down to Houma, Louisiana is full of amazing architecture that’s sure to mesmerize just about anyone. If you find yourself in the Florida Parishes, you absolutely must make your way over to this gorgeous church hiding in the sleepy little town of St. Francisville. Not only is this beautiful church nothing short of heavenly, it’s also one of the most historical churches in Louisiana. Let’s take a closer look.
Just north of Baton Rouge lies St. Francisville, a charming little town of about 2,000 residents.
The most popular attraction to this West Feliciana Parish town is the Myrtles Plantation, which you can read more about in our previous article
It’s a beautiful town that’s worthy of a day trip.
Hiding underneath the canopies of ancient oak trees in this town is one of the most historical churches in the state, Grace Episcopal Church.
Their address is 11621 Ferdinand Street, St. Francisville, LA, 70075.
You’ll be mesmerized by the stunning scenery and heavenly atmosphere from the moment you arrive.
Set among a backdrop of emerald green, this simple yet elegant brick building is nothing short of heavenly.
Built in 1858, Grace Episcopal Church is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Louisiana.
While the congregation was first organized in 1827, the current church wasn’t completed until 1860. Unfortunately the church was damaged by Union gunboats in 1863. The church was rebuilt in 1893, and that’s the Gothic Revival structure you can visit today.
As you stroll through the nine acres, you’ll come across some hauntingly beautiful graves.
Take the time to read some of the markers. There are several notable figures buried here, including several high ranking military officials, congressmen, and senators.
One of the most notable burials here is John Elliot Hart, whose death is remembered as the "Day the War Stopped."
In 1863, as Union troops were heading down the Mississippi River during the Civil War, Lieutenant Commander John Elliot Hart fell ill and decided to commit suicide. Hart was a Mason, and his fellow officers waved a flag of truce as they approached St. Francisville, in search of other Masons. They explained to the Confederate soldiers that they would like to bury Lieutenant Commander Hart with Masonic Ceremonies. Their wish was granted, and Hart was buried in St. Francisville with full Masonic Honors.
Each June, the town of St. Francisvlle reenacts this humbling act of humanity in a day known as "The Day the War Stopped."
Both the cemetery and the grounds are open daily for visitors, and weekend services are offered on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Address: 11621 Ferdinand Street, Saint Francisville, LA, 70075
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