Historic Homes in Natchez

Longwood Historic Home

Perhaps the most visually striking home in the area is the Longwood Historic Home. Construction began here in 1860; however in 1861 it was halted due to the events of the American Civil War. The exterior was largely completed however the interior was mainly unfinished, except for the lower floor. The Nutt Family lived in this well furnished “basement” until the 1900. In 1970 the house and its surrounding property was given to the Pilgrimage Garden Club and later designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Rosalie Historic Home

Built on the Mississippi Bluff, not far from the site of Fort Rosalie, this mansion was completed in 1823. The antebellum style in the architecture of this home became something of a prototype for later mansions not just in the city of Natchez but all across the South. This house is filled with history, in fact during the Civil War period it was actually the headquarters for Union forces. You can visit the home yourself and tours operate on the hour, every hour between opening times.

Monmouth Inn

Set amongst 26 acres of beautiful garden is the Monmouth Inn. Not only is this the historic home built for John Hankinson, a Natchez postmaster in 1818 but it was also home an American General name John Quitman who earned fame during USA’s war with Mexico in the 19th Century. The home is now a hotel; furnished to fit the antebellum period. You can enjoy the delights of the bar and even eat in their award winning restaurant, you can be sure you’ll be staying in the lap of luxury here.

Melrose

Arguably the best example of a home from the era of the “Cotton Kingdom” is Melrose. Work began on the home in 1841 and it was built by John T. McMurran, a Natchez Attorney and native of Pennsylvania. Tours of the home are operated daily where you’ll learn about the pre-Civil War American lifestyle and about the role that slaves played in plantations and farms such as this one. Tickets for this site can be purchased at The Natchez Visitors Centre.

Brandon Hall

Set amongst the trees of the picturesque Natchez Trace, Brandon Hall was once a cotton plantation, as many of these homes were in the 19th Century. The land that the home now stands on was originally purchased by a Frederick Calvit thanks to a royal grant from King Carlos III of Spain in the year 1788. Calvit died before he was able to develop a property though and in 1809 the land was sold at auction to one William Lock Chew for $7000. Chew went on to construct a three bedroom brick home that stood twenty by sixty feet. The structure that he originally built now stands as the “basement” of the home now known as Brandon Hall. The house has seen many owners since first being built, however in 1987 it saw a complete renovation which is said to have restored the home into a perfect duplication of its original construction. The home now stands as a window into a bygone era.

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