Natchez, Mississippi – Another favorite home from our Mississippi Road Trip – Cottage Gardens. This beautiful home dates back to 1795 and has quite a storied history!
The home was initially built for Don Jose Vidal, Acting Governor in the area during the end of Spanish rule here (ending around 1800), before becoming a French territory.
The current appearance of the home is attributed to a subsequent owner, with major remodeling done around 1828. This 1 1/2 story cottage just stopped me in my tracks – I wanted to learn more about it! The oval window you see – it’s unusual in that it can be raised for ventilation.
Inside the home is a gracious staircase, I was able to find a photograph from 1938, and one from 1979.
The 1979 photograph, at a slightly different angle, shows the wallpaper had been removed.
Noted photographer Earl Norman made this his family home for many years in the 20th Century – his work includes many great photographs of the area throughout the first half of the last century.
The house stayed in its configuration for many years – in fact, the brick kitchen and breakfast room were not attached to the main house until a 1963 restoration!
One beautiful home with amazing history – Cottage Gardens is one of my favorites in Natchez! It is a private home, but well worth stopping in front of it and admiring this historic home!
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