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.
Our room was in the Pond Cottage which overlooked a peaceful pond,
full of cypress trees and knees,
surrounded by hundreds of blooming azaleas,
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.
The Spanish moss was so pretty hanging from the trees,
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.
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!
These dainty, petite Narcissus were all over the grounds. They were so tiny, but still made you stop and take notice.
And, of course, I found the resident cat who I will nickname General Kitty Quitman because he seemed to appear everywhere we went.
Maybe no more mint juleps for me….
p.s.-next stop- Antebellum homes!