Louisiana crape myrtle tree ©Author Adventures

If you like elegance from a bygone era, the New Orleans home of Frances Parkinson Keyes, prolific author best known for Dinner at Antoine’s, is ready for your tour. Visit its website at www.bkhouse.org for details about scheduling, pricing, and parking, and read her life story at www.knowla.org/entry/647.

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Louisiana table setting ©Author Adventures

Prior to its ownership by Keyes, the house was the former residence of General Gustav Toutant Beauregard. Restoration began in the 1920s, and continues to be meticulously maintained to this day. Keyes lived there from 1945 to 1970, according to the Beauregard-Keyes House website.

Author of more than 50 books, Keyes set several stories in Louisiana, including Dinner at Antoine’s, a best-selling murder mystery published in 1948. Antoine’s Restaurant is in the French Quarter of New Orleans and has been in operation since 1840. You can read more about it at www.antoines.com.

This is the second stop on our Louisiana Trail!

Patricia Smart