#2,244 St. Francisville.
by Erin Napier
We woke up bright and early at one of the oldest motor court motels in the South, in St. Francisville, Louisiana.
Garden and Gun and Southern Living sing its praises as one of the best small towns in America, and it’s just a wide place in the road with a few great restaurants and antiques and junk shops. With new vintage pieces for the shops in mind, and because I’m constantly on the quest to find the greatest small town in the world, we booked 2 motor cottages and made a day of it. We started with breakfast at Birdman’s Books and Coffee for their famous Belgian waffles and yellow grits and I’ve never tasted anything like them. Delicious!
We met some of Mallorie’s sweet family for lunch and had what’s called a Sensation Salad around here, which reminded me a lot of Tabella’s house salad, which is A-okay with me. Then we walked around town, finding all kinds of antiques for Dry Goods, loafing and piddling. It was gorgeous and sunny and brisk out there.
As the sun was sinking low, we went to Grace Church to explore and look for Mallorie’s ancestors who go all the way back to George Washington. It was breathtaking and eerie there in the shadows of the live oaks and gravestones that predate the civil war.
I can understand how St. Francisville deeply affected Mal as a child on her visits to her grandmother’s little cottage here. There’s definitely a magic about it.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!