ST FRANCISVILLE LOUISIANA, VISIT THE HISTORY, STAY FOR THE CHARM
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ABOUT THE INN

The St. Francisville Inn (Wolf-Schlesinger House circa 1880) is ideally located in St. Francisville's downtown historic district, with several restaurants, shops (gifts & antiques), historic churches & cemeteries, town park and historic buildings. Shaded by 100 year old moss draped oak trees, the Inn is both quiet but right in the activities of several local festivals; Christmas in the Country, Audubon Pilgrimage, Audubon Country BirdFest, Day the War Stopped, Heritage in the Hills and more.

The Inn's bed and breakfast rooms are attached to the main house adn open onto porches and a New Orleans style courtyard with a small swimming pool for the guest relaxation. Each room has a private bathroom with a tub/shower combination. One room as an oversized Jacuzzi tub and individual shower.

Breakfast is served in the main house where there is also an antique & gift shop. Porches on the front porch and surrounding courtyard are for guest use.


INN'S HISTORY

The house is located on property Morris Wolf acquired from Denison Stocking on April 28, 1878, for one thousand dollars. Morris Wolf owned the property from 1878 through June 1903, at which time the property "with all improvements" was sold to Aaron Schlesinger for thirty-five hundred dollars. I Indicated by records, the house was built during the time Morris Wolf owned the property:
a. the 1881 tax roll listed Wolf's property as "lot and improvements occupied as his residence at the forks of Baton Rouge and Woodville Roads (present date - Ferdinand & Commerce St.). Value was assessed at three thousand dollars. (a two thousand dollar increase over the purchase price.)
b. Wolf sold the property to Schlesinger for thirty-five hundred dollars, indicating that the value of improvements between 1881 and 1903 were approximately the same.
More specifically, the house was probably built between 1878 and 1881.

After Schlesinger bought the house in 1903, it was used as a private residence by the Schlesinger family until January 15, 1954, when Dorothea Schlesinger (Aaron's daughter) sold the property to Frank Vinci for seventy-six hundred dollars. Vinci traded the property to Eloise Burnett for ten thousand five hundred dollars and a twelve foot strip of property on Highway 61. At the time of purchase, Burnett converted the house into three apartments.

The Wolf-Schlesinger House was later abandoned and left to ruin unitl Dick & Florence Filet purchased the home in 1981 and totally renovated over 3 years, the main house and existing three room wing. A fourth room was later added over the cistren and back porch, thus connecting the main house to the servant wing. The Filets initially opened the Wolf-Schlesinger House as a Bed & Breakfast calling it the St Francisville Inn. The back wing of six rooms was also added at this time, keeping the same architechural design. One year later, enclosing the back porch for more dining area and adding a commerical kitchen, a restaurant was added.

In 1990, the Filets sold the St Francisville Inn to Patrick and Laurie Walsh, the present owner/operators. The Walshes have since added a swimming pool, the tenth guest room and owner's quarters in the attic of the mainhouse. The Walshes welcome you to come enjoy a stay at their Inn and experience the beauty and history of St Francisville, Louisiana.

 
 


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