French Azilum was originally established as a refugee in 1793 for Marie Antoinette, in hopes that she would be able to escape the French Revolution. It became a place of safety and sanctuary for more than 200 individuals at the height of the village’s existence.
The village, known as French Town, and Azilum, had a town square, over 50 homes, shops, a school, chapel, and theatre; and was visited by many dignitaries.
Today, French Azilum Historic Site keeps the memory of this historic settlement alive through artifacts, tours of the Laporte House, and other exhibits on the over 20-acre parcel.
Annual events held on the grounds include themed afternoon teas, historical plays, Civil War and Renaissance days, escape room, Family Fun Day, and a wine, beer, and cider tasting festival.
The pavilion (with electricity and water) is available to rent for family reunions, meetings, weddings, and memorial services.