Monday, April 13, 2009

" Back To Natchez"..The Burn, A Buried Statue and A White Rose.




I toured 8 homes on my Natchez visit.
I stayed at The Burn and a tour was included.
It was the first one I toured after check in.



It was built in 1834 by John P. Walworth and
served as a hospital for Union Troops during
" The War".




A night shot of The Burn.................


The Mistress of The Burn, Bridget Green
gives a tour..........



If you notice in this shot, there is a solid marble
statue of two children setting in front of the mantle.
Some years ago this was found buried on the back
grounds by workers digging. It is believed the Walworth
family may have buried it during the war when they were
given 24 hours to vacate and forgot where it was buried!



This is the bedroom suite I stayed in.
" Clara's Room".



This is another B & B bedroom...............




Here is the main floor formal Dining Room.........



Another view in the Dining Room................




Still another Dining Room shot.........




This is the Dining Room used to serve the
fantastic breakfast to B & B Guests...........






The floating spiral staircase...........................




On the back garden patio looking up at
the main floor of the house........






Gardens were everywhere! A side garden........






A back garden............











Another beautiful garden......................






There are one hundred and fifty different varieties
of Camellia's at The Burn and the National Camellia
Society has them labeled and documented.......





This picture in no way does the size of this
Live Oak Tree justice! It was massive !








Even the entrance and exit drives were just beautiful!






A beautiful way to exit.................




An Azaela in all its glory!





The Azalea and Camellia make a perfect picture !

In 1853 the Walworth's 8 year old daughter Lucy
passed away after contracting the "fever". Lucy loved
flowers and had planted and tended her very own garden.
In this garden was a White Rose bush she cherished! After
her death, much TLC was given to this bush. When the war
ended and the family returned to The Burn it seemed the
Rose was gone, trampled by Union horse hooves. The next
Spring up came a small shoot of the rose! For the next 100
years the family descendants cared for the rose and kept it
blooming. When The Burn was sold out of the family, the
Rose was moved and planted at Lucy's grave in Natchez City
Cemetery where it still blooms today! John Walworth's great,
great granddaughter author Louise Wilbourn Collier who is
is now 84 years old and lives in Memphis has made arrangements
for the continual care of Lucy's White Rose................
You have seen 2 of the 8 so far...............
Come back as we continue to visit Natchez..........






















16 comments:

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Thanks for sharing all of this Southern Splendor, Carol! Imagine digging and finding that statue! This is the time of year I love to go to New Orleans - was married there in the month of May. Can't wait to go back! Have a great week.
Catherine

Dirt Princess said...

I can't wait to see all of them. I want to go on the historic tour in Natchez one day. Those old houses have so many stories to tell. It is amazing the secrets that they hold. Thanks for taking us along with you

Martha said...

I went on the tour many years ago and The Burn was a favorite of mine then although we stayed elsewhere. I loved Natchez -- such an elegant place. Thanks for sharing.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Another breathtaking tour Carol. The story about the statue is incredible. It loks to be in good condition too. Dang Union troops!

Reader Wil said...

A lovely tour, Carol! The garden is really marvellous! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for your visit!

NCmountainwoman said...

What a wonderful place to stay! I love staying at historic places like The Burn. As I crawl into bed, my mind is chock full of visions of the people who lived there before.

Great photographs and great story. Can't wait for more!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a gorgeous place, Carol.. Taking a tour of and staying at The Burn must have been a dream-come-true. What great history there. That was interesting that they found the marble statue. How special!!!

Thanks for taking us on your tour...
Hugs,
Betsy

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Absolutely stunning architecture, furnishings and gardens at The Burn, Carol. I adore old historic homes such as these. How delightful to be able to stay there as a B&B.

The story of Lucy's white rose is so touching!

willow said...

What a magnificent bedroom you stayed in! Fascinating story about the buried statue. It makes you wonder just how many treasures are still buried, to this day.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What a magnificent home.
The other house have so much soul, and endless stories to tell....
The home looked exquisitely furnished, and the gardens take my breath away.
Thanks for sharing your pictures, they whisk you away to a different time and place ;)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Meant to say "older"..sorry.

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful houses and gardens -- thanks for taking us along!

Sweetie said...

What an intriguing tour. Your description brought things to life. I would love to know more about your country music background. From your profile, it sounds facinating.
Sweetie

jeannette stgermain said...

Wow, I would love to visit the Burn. the inside as well as the outside is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your experience.

Renie Burghardt said...

What gorgeous pictures of the house and the gardens, Carol. And you do bring it all to life. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures and stories of The Burn and Natchez. One day, I would love to vist it, and take the tour.

I hope your Easter was nice!

Hugs,

Renie

Becca's Dirt said...

That is just so fine. I love all the photos. The azalea is just awesome. I love to tour antebellum homes and hear the history. Thanks for the tour of the Burn house. PS I just had to go back and read some of your earlier writings and I so loved all of your tours.