17 Wyoming Plantation

"Audubon arrived at Bayou Sara by steamboat in June of 1821 and walked up the hill into St. Francisville, where he was to join Eliza Pirrie and her mother at Wyoming Plantation for a brief visit on the way to Oakley. But the artist, struck by the beauty of the countryside and its contrast with New Orleans, declined the invitation to linger at Wyoming and set out afoot for Oakley, some five miles distant. Having enormous relevance in the social and political life of the St. Francisville area, Wyoming was established in the early 1800s by Aaron Gorham and his wife Mary Johnson of Troy Plantation. In 1828 it was sold to three-time congressman John Bennett Dawson, whose wife Margaret was the sister of Governor Isaac Johnson and the daughter of St. Francisville’s founder John Hunter Johnson. The Dawsons’ daughter Anna married Robert C. Wickliffe, Louisiana’s last antebellum governor; his original carriage barn remains. The early Wyoming house was destroyed by fire in 1911. By 1928 the Wyoming property had been purchased by Sam Vinci, who emigrated from Italy as a 17-year-old with big dreams; the property now extends over some 1100 acres, all the way to the Mississippi River." Anne Butler