10. Camilla Leake Barrow House 1809

"In the opening years of the 19th century when John Hunter Johnson laid out his hopeful little village of St. Francisville atop the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, one of the first structures erected on Royal Street was a two-story saltbox built around 1809 by the town jailer.  J. Hunter Collins added the one-story cottage section as his law office and allowed William W. Leake to read law with him; when his partner was mortally wounded in the explosion of the steamboat Princess in 1859, Collins took Leake into his firm. As his family grew to 11 children, Leake purchased the home and became a judge, bank president and state legislator. He would also go down in history as the young Confederate cavalry captain and senior warden of one of the state’s oldest Masonic lodges who stopped the Civil War, if ever so briefly, to permit burial of a fellow Mason wearing Union blue in June of 1863. Leake’s daughter Camilla married country doctor Dr. A. Feltus Barrow, a man said to be so large his wedding ring fit over the wrist of premature babies. When he returned home from exhaustive trips into remote regions to treat the sick, he relished his bath and installed a huge tub next to a downstairs window, out of which he would lean while soaking to recommend treatment for patients dripping with blood or to hold court as town mayor, the accused waiting outside the window for the verdict." Anne Butler