Prospect Hill Plantation

If you read along with me then you already know that I love a good story and, let me tell you, the story of Prospect Hill Plantation grabbed me and won’t let go!  I don’t really remember how I first heard about the property and the deserted, decaying house but I do remember thinking that I had to get down there to see it for myself.

Prospect Hill Plantation is near Lorman, Mississippi, about thirty miles north of Natchez and down a gravel road.  It is so isolated that I actually turned around once and asked a very nice lady if I was anywhere near the right place.  “You got to keep going down that dirt road a piece,” she told me.  Thank goodness I kept going!

Prospect Hill Plantation

This story has so many twists and turns beginning with plantation owner Isaac Ross deciding to free his slaves and send them home to Africa upon the death of his daughter.  The plantation was to be sold and the funds used for the passage.  Hold everything – the will is challenged by his grandson and in an attempt to get rid of the grandson, the slaves revolt and the original house is burned.

This house was built in 1854 to replace it…

Prospect Hill Plantation

The will was later upheld by the State Supreme Court and the freed slaves did indeed settle in Liberia.  Alan Huffman has written an amazing book called “Mississippi In Africa” which details the entire story.

On Saturday, April 12th the Archeological Conservancy (which currently owns the property) held an open house and you know that I jumped in my car and headed straight for Lorman.

Here is what I found…

Prospect Hill Plantation

The front porch has completely fallen off so there were temporary stairs leading in through a window…

Prospect Hill Plantation

the front door…

Prospect Hill Plantation

The room I entered first was one of the double parlors…

Prospect Hill Plantation

and then the next…

Prospect Hill Plantation

dining room…

Prospect Hill Plantation

love the mirror and what a miracle that it is there…

Prospect Hill Plantation

view from the dining room looking back toward the front door…

Prospect Hill Plantation

bedrooms were on the other side of the hall…

Prospect Hill Plantation

Prospect Hill Plantation

Prospect Hill Plantation

artifacts line the walls…

Prospect Hill Plantation

side view of the house…

Prospect Hill Plantation

at the rear of the house there was a room on each corner with a connecting porch which has fallen away…

Prospect Hill Plantation

Prospect Hill Plantation

there are also three basement rooms, each with its own fireplace…

Prospect Hill Plantation

Prospect Hill Plantation

in the back yard the only current resident entertains…

Prospect Hill Plantation

a peacock aptly named Isaac…

Prospect Hill Plantation

There is so much more to this story!  I think I will pause here and continue in another post with the grounds and family cemetery.

loved finding this evidence of some former furry inhabitants…

Prospect Hill Plantation

If you are interested in making a donation to assist in saving this property visit The Archeological Conservancy

 

 

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Comments

  1. Donna Lander says:

    So glad you went and posted this. I first heard about this structure and story at History is Lunch.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      It is truly an amazing story and a beautiful place and I hope to see it restored one day!

  2. Marilyn Brookes says:

    I’m sure you met my dear friend Jessica Crawford while at PH. She has been the mover and shaker behind the Prospect Hill Project.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      We have been corresponding through facebook but I did not meet her and really look forward to getting to know her. She has done an amazing job!

  3. What a wonderful preservation project! I hate to see these beautiful old homes abandoned and decaying. Thanks for the tour! And I look forward to the next chapter…

  4. Kelley Williams says:

    I was there the other day when the Delta Mountain Boys were playing music. It was such s special place and a beautiful Spring day!! So good to see your blog today.:)

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Oh I wish we had seen each other. My friend Becky Vizard was there also and we missed each other. I want to make a better plan the next time they have an open house so that I see all of you! Glad you enjoyed the post and look for more to come about the cemetery and grounds.

  5. sally randall says:

    love this!