Monday, April 6, 2009

Natchez on the Mississippi........ Part 2 -" WhereThe Old South Still Lives"

It is a town filled with Antebellum and Victorian Mansions
that are full of antique furniture, rare books, China, Silver, Crystal
and history that the descendants of Southern Aristocratic families
are eager to share. A world of Verandas and Porches, lawns full
of heirloom flowers including hundreds of varieties of Azaleas
and Camellias. Where they laughingly explain the difference
between a veranda and a porch is:

" If you serve Mint Julep's, it's a veranda , if you're serving
Iced Tea, it's a porch, if you serve neither, it's a shame"!

A place, where Southern Royalty still reigns ..................
A place, where a Name still opens doors.........
A place, where the Old South Still Lives !

This is Hope Farm where the 77 Year Old Spring Pilgrimage began.
In the Spring of 1931, Natchez was to host the Mississippi Federation
of Garden Clubs to view the glorious gardens of Natchez homes. A late
freeze ruined the flowers days before. Katherine Grafton Miller, the
President of the Natchez Garden Club talked the members into opening
their homes to entertain the Federation members. Most of these homes
were the elite mansions of Natchez. It was such a success that it was
thought that maybe strangers would be willing to pay money to see the
homes. So in the Spring of 1932, the first Natchez Spring Pilgrimage Tour
of Homes took place. There are two garden clubs involved, Natchez Garden
Club and Pilgrimage Garden Club. Each of these clubs own two houses.Each
elect a Court of Royalty each year.

Miss Hannah Loy, 2009 Natchez Garden Club Queen

Mr. Jordon Farmer, 2009 Natchez Garden Club King

Miss Grafton Pritchartt, 2009 Pilgrimage Garden Club Queen

Mr. Martin Scott Hanson, 2009 Pilgrimage Garden Club King

There is a Pageant that the public can attend! It is a
wonderful experience to attend it!
Before I do posts on the homes I did tour, I want to show
pictures and old postcards from some I did not tour.

This is Stanton Hall.................It was bought and restored
by the Pilgrimage Garden Club many years ago. It is open
for tour year round..............It also has a restaurant on the

This is Dunleith, it is a B & B and has a restaurant also.

An old postcard of Dunleith.............

This is Longwood, which was being built when the Civil War
broke out and was never finished. Most of the carpenters were
from northern states.They threw down their tools and went to
join the Union Army. It is also owned by the PGClub and open
year round for what is a fascinating tour!

Magnolia Hall was the last mansion built in Natchez
before the war. It was built in 1858 by Thomas Henderson,
son of John Henderson who built Melmont, the deteriorating
home I showed you pictures of a few days ago. This home was
bought and restored by the Natchez Garden Club and is open
for tour year round. It is also rumored to be very haunted!

This is Melrose. It is owned by the state,
open year round for tour and has historical
research archives in it.

Monmouth.........A luxurious B & B!

And D'Evereaux..................

This is Linden...........also a B & B................

Gloucester....Jennie Merrill once lived here!

Rosalie......owned by The Daughters of The American Revolution
and open year round for tour...........

An Old Postcard of The Elms....also a B & B.....
I hope you are enjoying touring Natchez via The Porch blog!


NCmountainwoman said...

I loved this post and it truly is where the "old south" still exists. I loved the statement that Magnolia Hall is "very haunted." As opposed to only slightly haunted? :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Carol... That little city is totally amazing. Love all of those beautiful homes. I really need to go there someday. We loved Savannah and Charleston last year--but I'll bet that Natchez is just as gorgeous (although smaller). I'm so glad they are preserving the history of the Old South. That is so important. Glad you had a good time.

It's snowing here today--just flurrying but COLD. Our Spring flowers are screaming: "What is that stuff?" GADS!!!!

Let's hope for no damage here the next couple of days due to the upcoming freeze.

willow said...

Ah, the Old South! It all seems so lovely and genteel to this northern girl. Kings and queens and antebellum mansions. Sigh.

willow said...

Oh, and did I hear you mention Mint Juleps? I'll take one, even if it is on your porch!

Renie Burghardt said...


What gorgeous pictures and descriptions of a beautiful historic city, where the Old South still lives in all its splendor! And I enjoyed finding out the difference between a veranda and a porch. Well, I enjoyed the entire post! You are doing a fantastic job with bringing it all to us. Oh, and what is in a mint julep, besides mint? I'll have to Google that to find out. :-)



A Brit in Tennessee said...

What beauty...
The old mansions, one after another, with magnolia-lined avenues.
Be still my heart ;)
Such a visual post, that transports one back in time, to the genuine "Old South".

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Wow, that is some crown on the Garden Queen's head! I think one of those would be helpful for me to wear to new client meetings, don't you?

So many lovely houses in Natchez. I had no idea. I'll think of you tomorrow. It is my birthday and we're going to spend the day at Andalusia. Edward's going too!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this tour around these impressive mansions! They look really regal!It's like the houses we saw in "Gone with the Wind".

Katherine Aucoin said...

Natchez is a wonderful town and i laughed when I read about the porch and veranda. There's so much history there, you can see it, smell it and feel it. One of the things I love about being from the South is we won't ever forget!

Femin Susan said...

the little city is mind all those beautiful homes.

Paul said...

Natchez, like Charleston and Savannah, has style and gentility in spades...

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Carol -
Thanks so much for a look at this fascinating place and history. Your passion comes through loud and clear...I can feel the excitement every time I visit you here! Always a pleasure.