‘Voices of the Past’ celebrates the rich history of our area
St. Mary Landmarks, Techeland Arts Council and the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau will host “Voices of the Past,” stories of our homes and our people, Oct. 14-16 in Franklin.
The weekend will include the Sweet Remembrances Cemetery Tour, Saturday, Oct. 15, Landmarks’ Tour of Homes, Sunday, Oct. 16 and the inaugural production of Techeland Art Council’s No Hitchin’ entitled “What a Ride!” Friday, Oct. 14, Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16.
Techeland Arts Council will kick off the weekend with its premiere performance Oct. 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts. The performance will feature stories of the Franklin and Teche area through song, dance, and dialogue. Performances will be repeated on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 per person.
Sweet Remembrances Cemetery Tour will be held, Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s cemetery tour will highlight over 25 graves including the 1926 carnival monarchs, Teddy Roosevelt’s hunting pal, Crawford Rose, participants of the Dreher-LeBouef murder trial and execution resulting in the first woman executed in Louisiana and the documented owners of Last Island, the Voisin Family. Grevemberg House Museum will be dressed in mourning. Three historic churches will be open including Asbury United Methodist Church, the first African-American church in St. Mary Parish, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the Church of the Assumption. The historic Masonic Lodge and the historic United States Post Office building, recently purchased and restored by investors, will be open to the public. Both buildings feature interior restorations. Cost for the Cemetery Tour is $15 per person including tour of Grevemberg House. Entrance to the churches, the Masonic Lodge and United States Post Office are free to the public.
The Tour of Homes will be held, Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Seven homes will be open to the public including Bocage-on-the-Teche, Oaklawn Manor, Shadowlawn, Gates House, Trowbridge House, Grevemberg House and Allain House. Each home has a unique story to tell spanning over 150 years. Visits from a President of the United States, homes of five Governors of Louisiana, famous folk heroes and occupation during the War Between the States are a part of their storied past. Cost for the Tour of Homes is $25 in advance, $30 per person at the door.
Package pricing for all three events is $48 per person. Groups of 10 or more are $45 per person. Hotels offering special rates include: the Best Western Forest Motor Inn, Comfort Inn of Franklin, Treasure Bayou in Charenton and Fairfax House Bed and Breakfast. Rates are as low as $70 plus tax. Guests staying overnight will receive special welcome packets.
The purpose of St. Mary Landmarks is to focus attention on Louisiana’s historic buildings; to promote interest in the study of Louisiana’s architectural heritage; to disseminate information on Louisiana’s landmarks and to support their preservation. For 39 years, the organization has maintained Grevemberg House in Franklin’s City Park as a community museum.
Techeland Arts Council was created to gather and record the stories of the people in our area, create vignettes based on these stories, and then bring them to the live stage. The goal of Techeland Arts Council is primarily to create economic impetus in the local area, but also to share and preserve the history and culture of the Teche area, enhance the arts and humanities opportunities within the parish and engage the youth in preservation efforts.
Major sponsors include Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, City of Franklin, St. Mary Parish Government, St. Mary Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Foundation Hospital, Alice C Planting Company, Margie L. Luke, Donna Tesi, M.D. and photographer Francis Todd. Special thanks to owners, churches and the Masonic Lodge For more information contact us at 800-256-2931 or visit www.cajuncoast.com, www.techeland.com or St. Mary Landmarks at 337-828-2092, www.grevemberghouse.com.