Natchez, Mississippi

We arrived in Natchez on a beautiful, warm Sunday afternoon.

Our home for the next couple of days was  Monmouth Plantation.


This gorgeous home was built in 1818 by postmaster and businessman John Hankinson of Natchez.  There is an extensive history of the plantation and a very good summary on the Monmouth Plantation website.

Relaxing on the front porch

Relaxin’ on the little ol’ front porch

Our room was in the Pond Cottage which overlooked a peaceful pond,

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full of cypress trees and knees,

cypress trees at monmouth cypress trees at monmouth

surrounded by hundreds of blooming azaleas,

monmouth azaleas azaleas at monmouth

and camelias

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and a small sanctuary viewed from the porch of the cottage.


Behind the main house was an arbor covered with wisteria on the brink of blooming


and a seating area where we enjoyed a very refreshing mint julep.

monmouth mint julep at the Monmouth plantation

The Spanish moss was so pretty hanging from the trees,

spanish moss at monmouth

and after finishing our mint juleps, my friend suggested I fill my SUV with the stuff–in cover of darkness of course. A plan was hatched, and I have to say it was a pretty good plan, but it required us staying up past dark, and that’s where the plan began to fall apart.  She also told me it was against the law to do this!   I have to watch her closely because she tends to get me in trouble.  No more mint juleps for her.

Room number 30 is said to be the room most visited by the ghost of General John Quitman who lived in the house in the mid to late 1800’s.    He has been seen standing watch over his guests and that his loud, stomping footsteps can be heard throughout the house day or night.  I knew this before I made the reservation so I was relieved we did not have to stay in that room.  Not that I’m scared–I just didn’t want my friend to be frightened.

monmouth plantation-haunted room

The weather was absolutely great and the plantation was peaceful and quiet.  I awoke each morning to birds chirping, sunshine and warm weather.  It doesn’t get any better!

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Can you spot the butterfly?

Can you spot the butterfly?

These dainty, petite Narcissus were all over the grounds.  They were so tiny, but still made you stop and take notice.

daffodils at monmouth daffodils at monmouth daffodils at monmouth

And, of course, I found the resident cat who I will nickname General Kitty Quitman because he seemed to appear everywhere we went.

resident cat at monmouth

Maybe no more mint juleps for me….


p.s.-next stop- Antebellum homes!

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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19 Responses to Natchez, Mississippi

  1. Tammy says:

    Sounds wonderful and relaxing! Glad you got to go!!


  2. Holleygarden says:

    What a gorgeous place! Those azaleas and camellias in bloom must have been stunning to see. And that pergola with the wisteria – wow!


  3. What a great idea for a road trip. My friend and I are planning a getaway and not sure where to go. She lives in Ohio, so we’ll venture out from there. Last time we drove 11 hours to Memphis, but sipping mint juleps surrounded by flowers sounds peaceful. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Beautiful. I have seen a bit of Mississippi while visiting my son when he lived in Memphis. I also took a trip with another son to visit the historic sites at Vicksburg. I have not been to Natchez, but looks like you visited at a perfect time, especially for azaleas!


  5. The photos are beautiful, thank you for sharing.


  6. What an amazing place…I will have to make note of this for a March when I want to get away to some sun and warmth…just beautiful.


    • it really is and our weather was perfect. 75 degrees! I loved it. If you go, plan to stay at least 2 or 3 days to really get a feel of the town. They also have a pilgrimage in the fall. One thing we did not know about is Frogmore plantation across the river in Louisiana. It is a working cotton plantation and people say it is amazing. Hope to see it next time we go.


  7. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Sounds like those mint juleps pack quite a punch! I’ve never been south of the Mason Dixon Line fearing retalliation for the war of northern aggression and all. Your beautiful pictures make me want to visit! What a beautiful home and gardens!


  8. Why in the world would removing some strands of Spanish Moss be against the law? A lot of trees would look a lot better with a Spanish Moss haircut!


  9. Hi Brenda,

    I just LOVE what you created here from Monmouth! Great job!! I am the room manager here and the owner, Nancy Reuther happened upon this. We had no idea about your blogs. You took some great shots of the gardens. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you return again soon. Thank you for sharing all of this!!!

    Take care,
    Christy Waggoner


    • Thanks Christy! That was my second visit to Monmouth. We love the Monmouth and Natchez. My friend was so impressed with the home and grounds and she loved the tours. She would love to come back and stay longer. Hopefully we will be able to do that. Thanks for visiting my blog!


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