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There was some renovation work going on at the time.
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1 Melrose Montebello Parkway Natchez, MS 39120
Outdoors = 8:30-5:00. House tours vary, generally = 10-4, closed some holidays.
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Melrose House was built in the 1840s by a wealthy family in the cotton trade. The house is rare in that it is well preserved, contains significant original furnishings and is only one of two homes in Natchez owned by the National Park Service. Melrose is a classic antebellum southern mansion that captures the essence of the old south and the wealth and privilege of the plantation class.
Melrose is a Greek Revival mansion and a quintessential Southern manor which ironically was built by a Yankee from Pennsylvania named John McMurran. He had moved to Natchez in the 1820s, made his fortune in the law and cotton farming and married into Southern society. Following the Civil War, the McMurran family sold Melrose to the Davis family, who resided in the house for the next 100 years. It then briefly served as a bed and breakfast and was bought by the park service in 1990 to be preserved as a historical site and as a museum.
The park service provides one of the best house tours in Natchez. The rangers here are well-informed about the house, Natchez and the families that lived in Melrose. They answered all questions in a helpful insightful manner. The house itself is not as grand as Longwood House but is better preserved and is enhanced by a variety of original furnishings. If you enjoy visiting historic homes and/or like antiques, this tour will be of interest. The slave quarters near the house also are well presented and interesting to see, with a variety of signs and displays. You also should save a few minutes to walk around the grounds and gardens to better appreciate the life and times of an aristocratic southern family and a bygone era.
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