This year’s Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes will be Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature six unique homes, decorated for the holidays, on four private properties in the northern part of West Feliciana Parish.
The tour will include Kwamalusi, the Louisiana country cottage-style home of Charles and Louise Jenkins; the country retreat of Fred and Nell Figge; Micajah Lodge, home of Paul and Mary Anne Stevens, and a guest house on the property; and the home of Cheri McDaniel and a home on the property owned by McDaniel’s daughter, Susan Roland, and her husband, Jim.
Kwamalusi, built in 2010, was designed by Davis Lee Jahncke, of New Orleans. It features old pine floors, cypress molding and doors and old New Orleans brick fireplaces. The home’s name, which means “place of the shepherd” in Zulu, was given by the Rt. Rev. Jo Seoka, bishop of Johannesburg, Anglican Church of South Africa, when he blessed the home in 2011.
The Figges’ cypress cottage was designed 30 years ago by A. Hays Town for Nell Figge’s parents, May Bolling and the late Fred Holloway, and is part of the family plantation, Hazelwood. It was recently renovated by two of Town’s proteges, Mark Montgomery and Day Waggenspack. The home, which is reached by a long, winding drive through the woods, is furnished with antiques and an extensive art collection.
Micajah Lodge, built in 1940 by Horatio Nelson Jackson “Jack” Babers and his wife, Katie, is owned by Jack Babers’ niece, Mary Anne Stevens, and her husband, Paul. The home, which was originally built as a log cabin, is made of materials acquired from Rosemound Plantation including pecky cypress, magnolia and pine. A cottage built in 2006 for the mother of the present owner and now used as a guest house will also be on the tour.
McDaniel built her home in an eroded cow pasture in the mid-1970s. She designed the house and installed many of its sprawling gardens. The property now contains two bleached cypress and glass homes, which will both be on tour, as well as one of the most extensive gardens in the Felicianas. The interiors are furnished with European antiques and art selected during the owners’ world travels.
Tickets for the tour are $20 each and are available in advance at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 11865 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, or, on the day of the tour, at the West Feliciana Historical Society, 11757 Ferdinand St., and at the featured homes.
Refreshments will be provided by Heirloom Cuisine. All proceeds benefit the library. For information and additional ticket sale locations, call the library at (225) 635-3364.
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