Mount Locust - Natchez Trace Parkway
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Mississippi State Society, DAR marker at Mount Locust

Constructed circa, 1780, this home is one of the oldest structures in Mississippi. It functioned as both a working plantation and as an inn, where travelers on the Natchez Trace could rest for the night. Mount Locust is the only surviving inn of the more than 50 that existed during the period of greatest use of the Old Natchez Trace.

Beginnings of Mount Locust

The American Revolution caused several thousand British sympathizers to move into the Natchez District. During the American Revolution, Spain moved against Britain and seized Natchez in 1779. John Blommart, a retired British naval officer, probably built Mount Locust about 1780.

William Ferguson

William Ferguson, a Virginian, migrated to Natchez in 1774. In 1784 the recently married Ferguson bought the Blommart tract, Mt. Locust. As the Ferguson family grew, so did the house and its outbuildings. William Ferguson's widow Paulina married James Chamberlain in 1806. The Ferguson-Chamberlain family lived at Mount Locust for over 150 years.

Mount Locust as an Inn

After 1795, the Mississippi River was legally opened for American traffic. Settlers from the Ohio River Valley floated their products downriver and sold them at Natchez or New Orleans. Most of them walked back home over the Natchez Trace, because their boats could not go upstream.

Mount Locust as a Plantation

When steamboats came to the Mississippi, travel on the Trace declined. At Mount Locust, cotton growing replaced the tavern business.

Mount Locust Today

Mount Locust is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Admission is free and interpretive programs are given on days when Mount Locust is open. Restrooms, exhibits, an information center, and bookstore are on-site. There is a wheelchair accessible walkway leading to the historic home.

Groups and schools are encouraged to make reservations by calling 601-445-4211.

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