2018 Tour Dates:

Nov. 3 - 8
Nov. 10 - 15



We are pleased to announce that our headquarters for the fall workshops is The Fairfax House in Franklin, Louisiana.

  • Lounge and bar inside The Fairfax House
  • Exterior of The Fairfax House
  • Outside porch of The Fairfax House
  • Lounge inside The Fairfax House
  • Dining room in The Fairfax House
  • One of the bedrooms in The Fairfax House
  • One of the bedrooms in The Fairfax House
  • One of the bedrooms in The Fairfax House

All meals and classes will be at the Fairfax House, regardless of your accommodation choice of the main house or the Quality Inn, down the street.

Providing a truly southern experience to our tour. Guests will enjoy southern hospitality in a fully restored circa 1952 plantation house with a view of Bayou Teche.

Majestic oak trees and lush bamboo umbrella the path to The Fairfax House, an elegant sugar cane plantation home. Manicured gardens and porches swept with morning dew evoke romantic images of times past, when graciousness was an art form. Picturesque rooms have the indulgent elegance of pre-Civil War Acadiana with all modern amenities.

The Fairfax House, formerly know as Shady Retreat, was built in 1852 by John Barrett Murphy. He built the house for his daughter Martha who was married to Thomas J. Foster. The house was situated with a view of the Bayou Teche, the Main St. of Franklin, in the midst of a working sugar cane plantation. The house was expanded in the 1920s by W. Prescott Foster. His beloved daughter Fairfax was the last family member to live there. The Fairfax House has been fully renovated by its new owners and updated with all of the modern amenities.

Address: The Fairfax House, 99 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538.