On March 4, 1963 the house was destroyed by fire.
Afton Villa's Entrance of a Cathedral of Live Oaks and Azaleas
In 1972 Mr. and Mrs. Morrell Trimble of New Orleans purchased the site. After several years of clearing the area of all the debris left from the fire, which as Mrs Trimble says "included hundreds of snakes in a snake pit", they decided to plant gardens amongst the ruins of the burned away mansion. They also restored the grounds with its magnificent oaks, dogwood, crepe myrtles, cypress and its glorious azaleas. Some 30,000 daffodils were planted on the gently sloping hills of the estate and each year Mrs.
Trimble supervises the plantings of the tulips, phlox, pansies and other wonderful flowers for the Audubon Pilgrimage held in the middle of March. It was in St. Francisville that John J. Audubon painted many of his bird pictures.
Mr. Trimble passed away in 2004 and Mrs. Trimble is continuing the work that they began.
Silent Guardians of the Gardens
Location: Hwy. 61, St. Francisville, Louisiana