36 Melrose Avenue
(at the John A Quitman Parkway)
1-800-828-4531 * 601-442-5852
General John Quitman bought Monmouth Plantation for his bride, he wanted this
plantation to create "an atmosphere of performance and peace amidst a changeable
world." This 2 story, Federal Style, stately brick mansion has been a labor
of love for current owners Lani and Ron Riches who have worked hard to transform
Monmouth Plantation from its 1977 sorry state of deterioration into a highly rated
luxurious, beautiful and elegant top notch Bed and Breakfast, offering 16 suites
and 15 guest rooms both inside the mansion itself and in the 8 out buildings situated
around the estate.
Tom and I stayed at Monmouth Plantation during our summer
of 2006 road trip and know from first hand experience why this Bed and Breakfast
has earned so many accolades as it is truly superb in all aspects. It is one of
the few historical homes which is even more beautiful and glorious after being
fully restored than the original dream home retreat. It is no wonder that among
other awards, Monmouth received a Four-Diamond rating from AAA and even the often
critical New York Times has said that Monmouth is Natchez' "most elegant
All guest suites and rooms have been decorated with the elegant
style of the antebellum period, making them a retreat into a peaceful atmosphere.
The rooms inside the mansion envelope the visitor into a "full immersion
of the antebellum experience." A suite in the Carriage House which overlooks
the croquet lawn or a room in the Pond Cottages which overlook a serene lake are
American Historic Inns have declared that Monmouth is 'One
of the Top Ten Most Romantic Inns of the Year." Both Glamour Magazine and
USA Today agree with this, claiming that Monmouth is one of the 10 most romantic
places. Many couples have been married here, in the romantic atmosphere of the
"rolling lawns, flower gardens, fountains and ancient oak trees" found
on its 26 acre estate.
Southern hospitality reigns supreme here. Guests
are treated graciously with respect and friendliness. A five course gourmet dinner
is offered for a basic price of $45 a person, served in the mansion's main dining
room. Also, quite impressive is the complete Southern breakfast served to its
overnight guests by waiters, who ask for preferences.
is a wonderful place to stay and enjoy a holiday, or a special event.
beautiful and elegant large antebellum mansion first came into existence in 1818
through John Hankison, who built this 2 story, Federal Style brick Mansion. In
1826, General John A. Quitman, a hero of the Mexican War bought Monmouth for $12,000
just after the birth of his first child.
General John A. Quitman was born
in New York, but made his fortune in Mississippi. He was a recognized hero of
the Mexican War, and served as a Congressman in the United States Congress, among
other things. He was a courageous man of principle, dearly loved his family and
gave much of his life to serving others. He was away a lot from his family, his
beloved wife and Monmouth Plantation. He took the Southern position about slavery,
and argued before Congress that the South should be allowed to leave the Union.
Right after this session in Congress he and a bunch of other Southerners came
down with a mysterious illness, which sickened and killed many of them. Two year
later, General John A. Quitman died also, just before the Civil War started.
the persecution his family suffered during and after the Civil War, his family
held onto Monmouth Plantation until 1914 when his youngest daughter, Rose passed
away. A series of owners lived at Monmouth over the years. By the time 1977 rolled
around, Monmouth Plantation was a great fixer-upper opportunity which was rescued
by its present owners who fell in love with the place and dedicated their time,
money and effort into restoring Monmouth Plantation.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
John A. Quitman was a victim of a painful, drawn-out death.
is thought that General John A. Quitman died as a result of being poisoned two
years earlier by abolitionists in Washington D.C. when he and others from the
South made the case for letting the South leave the United States.
family was treated harshly by the occupying union troops and the reconstruction
government who remembered John Quitman's stand on the South leaving the Union,
conveniently forgetting his bravery in the Mexican War and his years of public
His family members
were forced to renounce the South and proclaim allegiance to the Union, under
duress of having their home burned to the ground.
Though their home wasn't destroyed, they still had troubles to overcome.
after the end of the Civil War, it was decreed that Southern land owners and home
owners must pay a hefty tax or be forced to sell their property at auction. In
order to meet the tax burden, the Quitman family had to sell a very valuable immense,
wood carved German made piece of beautiful furniture which had been a family heirloom. It wasn't until the beginning of 2006 that this magnificent
piece of furniture became available for sale in Europe, and it was repurchased
and put back where it belonged at Monmouth Plantation, the family home!
the size of Monmouth Plantation, it would take a lot of money, time and TLC to
keep the place looking up to General John's standards over the years.
a bunch of dolts the living had turned out to be! Former owners let his prized
retreat home slip into disrepair and shabbiness, a disgrace!
process further stirred up this entity, who didn't have much confidence in this
effort at first.
entity of General John A Quitman began to make his presence strongly known when
the new owners Lani and Ron Riches bought Monmouth Plantation in 1977, and began
to carefully restore the mansion and property, which wasn't in very good shape,
in a state of deterioration.
Restoration workers felt a
strong presence watching what they were doing closely.
Being brave and courageous
in life, the entity of General John A Quitman would boldly stomp around the hallways
and areas around the inside of the mansion at all hours of the day.
in the owners' family heard the stomping except the wife. The restoration workers,
the staff and even the police heard the heavy footfalls which seem to begin in
the attic area, and spread downward into the mansion.
occasion, guests have been treated to a late night inspection by the good general
himself, checking up on his visitors to his home, perhaps trying to help the owners
keep an eye on the visitors to Monmouth Plantation.
in room 30 awoke to see the entity of General John Quitman, dressed in his blue,
pre civil War military uniform walking toward his bed, his boots making a clicking
sound on the room's brick floor. Satisfied with the guest, the entity disappeared.
Although the stomping around has stopped, the entity of General John A Quitman
still does check up on his guests on occasion, quietly keeping a fatherly eye
on the living, perhaps because he couldn't protect his own family like he wanted
However, the entity of General John
A Quitman has found some peace in that his beloved home is now in better shape
than when he lived there so long ago. He is extremely happy with his restored
home! He has accepted the new owners and the visitors as guests in his home.
owners also had every room blessed and prayed over, which also helped to calm
this entity down as well, no longer quite as disturbed about all the injustice
done to himself and his family.
SOURCES INCLUDE: Monmouth Plantation Brochure * monmouthplantation.com * hotels.about.com
Haunted Inns of the Southeast, by Sheila Turnage,
pg. 45-46, John F. Blair, Publisher, 2001
Places: The National Directory, by William Dennis Hauk, pg. 242, The Penguin Group,