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According to a college thesis written in 1990 by Kathleen Mills Perilloux, "Afton Villa's house and gardens were built by the Barrow family in the mid-eighteen hundreds near St. Francisville in the parish of West Feliciana in Anglo-American Louisiana. The family members, who had come from North Carolina in 1798, were wealthy planters with extensive land holdings, and were prominent leaders in the area."
On March 4, 1963 the house was destroyed by fire.
In 1972 Mr. and Mrs. Morrell Trimble of New Orleans purchased the site. After several years of clearing the area of all the debris left from the fire, which as Mrs Trimble says "included hundreds of snakes in a snake pit", they decided to plant gardens amongst the ruins of the burned away mansion. They also restored the grounds with its magnificent oaks, dogwood, crepe myrtles, cypress and its glorious azaleas. Some 30,000 daffodils were planted on the gently sloping hills of the estate and each year Mrs. Trimble supervises the plantings of the tulips, phlox, pansies and other wonderful flowers for the Audubon Pilgrimage held in the middle of March. It was in St. Francisville that John J. Audubon painted many of his bird pictures.
Mr. Trimble passed away in 2004 and Mrs. Trimble is continuing the work that they began.
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Afton Villa's Entrance of a Cathedral of Live Oaks and Azaleas
Afton Villa's Entrance of a Cathedral of Live Oaks and Azaleas
Genevieve and Morrell Trimble
Genevieve and Morrell Trimble
Gen Trimble - The Lady of Afton Villa - 2006
Gen Trimble - The Lady of Afton Villa - 2006
Afton  Villa  house that burned
Afton Villa house that burned
Afton Villa house that burned
Afton Villa house that burned
Afton Villa  house that burned
Afton Villa house that burned
The Ruins Garden - March 2007
The Ruins Garden - March 2007
Live Oak Tree and Wisteria
Live Oak Tree and Wisteria
Ancient Live Oak
Ancient Live Oak
Flowers Amongst the Ruins
Flowers Amongst the Ruins
Where Once Was a Kitchen
Where Once Was a Kitchen
Trillium
Trillium
Hills of Daffodils
Hills of Daffodils
Daffodils and Azaleas
Daffodils and Azaleas
Mrs. Trimble Sharing Her Knowledge
Mrs. Trimble Sharing Her Knowledge
A Long View to the Pond
A Long View to the Pond
Afton Villa Azalea
Afton Villa Azalea
A Blooming Dogwood Tree Overlooks Clipped Boxwood
A Blooming Dogwood Tree Overlooks Clipped Boxwood
Silent Guardians of the Gardens
Silent Guardians of the Gardens
Sugar Kettle and a New Garden in the Making
Sugar Kettle and a New Garden in the Making
A Place to Meditate
A Place to Meditate
A View from Above
A View from Above
Reflections in the Pond
Reflections in the Pond
Sentinels
Sentinels
The Barn at Afton Villa
The Barn at Afton Villa
General Robert H. Barrow and Mrs. Gen Trimble
General Robert H. Barrow and Mrs. Gen Trimble
Wisteria
Wisteria
March 2007
March 2007
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Reflections in a Barn Window
Reflections in a Barn Window
Springtime
Springtime
Audubon Pilgrimage 2007
Audubon Pilgrimage 2007
View From the Hill -  March 2007
View From the Hill - March 2007
What do you think is in there, Daffodil?
What do you think is in there, Daffodil?
A View Through the Spanish Moss
A View Through the Spanish Moss
The Lady of Afton Villa - 2008
The Lady of Afton Villa - 2008
Afton Villa Welcomes You - 2009
Afton Villa Welcomes You - 2009
March 13, 2009
March 13, 2009
 Ivy Jones and Coleen
Ivy Jones and Coleen
Rest in Beauty
Rest in Beauty
Afton Villa
Afton Villa