Governor Quitman, the first occupant of the plantation was said to have suffered a long and painful death. It is believed that he died as a result of being poisoned by abolitionists in Washington D.C. The governor made his presence felt to the current owners during the period of restoration. He would stomp around the hallways and other areas inside the mansion all day long. Staff and workers at the hotel have also heard heavy footfalls which start in the attic and go downward into the mansion.
Guests have reported being checked upon by Quitman in their rooms. A patron staying in Room 30 awoke to see the entity of the governor dressed in Civil War military uniform, walking to the foot of his bed and suddenly vanishing.
The historic inn, Monmouth Plantation was built by John Hankinson on a 30-acre lot in 1818. The inn was first inhabited by John A. Quitman, a former Mississippi governor who was also a well-known historical figure during the Mexican-American War. Quitman stayed in the house until his death in 1858. After his death, his three daughters married and lived in the plantation. In 1914, Quitman’s last surviving daughter died and left the inn to her nieces. The nieces later sold the inn in 1942.
In 1978, after decades of neglect, Monmouth was purchased by Ronald and Lani Riches and begun a restoration of the property. The restoration took three years and although most of the furniture in the house was either stolen or sold, a few pieces were left, including a carved settee, sofa, and beds. The inn was declared as a Mississippi landmark in 1986 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1988.
The plantation has three superior suites and the largest in the antebellum suite which can be found on the 2nd floor of the main house. All the superior suites are decorated in a high antebellum style. There are eleven deluxe suites that have separate sitting areas. There are five antebellum rooms and one Riches suite which are found on the second floor of the Main House.
Lastly, there are ten Deluxe rooms which can be found throughout the grounds and the garden. The Monmouth Plantation can make your fairytale wedding come true. It makes a magical setting born from history. The plantation has an onsite wedding coordinator who can take care of every detail, from flowers to photography. Whatever the celebration is, if you dream it, the Monmouth Plantation can make it a reality. Birthdays, anniversary celebrations, class and family reunions, baby showers, christenings; name it and it will be a special event in the Monmouth Plantation.
The plantation’s opulent gardens are a sight to behold. In an effort to capture the plantation’s original splendor, landscape architecture was researched and designed with authenticity in mind. Today, the oaks, magnolias, sumac, and holly can be seen in the garden as they did 200 years ago.
- Weekday newspaper service
- Plush in-room robes
- Satellite color television
- Iron and ironing board
- Daily bottled water and ice service
- Complimentary full southern breakfast
- Wireless internet connection
- In-room spa services
- Hot air balloon rides
- Complimentary cocktail hours
- Sightseeing tours
- Carriage rides through the historic town of Natchez
Things to Do
Historic Natchez has a lot of great things to offer. There are carriage rides that will take you through the downtown area. These carriages can be found on the corner of Washington and Carnar streets. Natchez History Tours are also conducted daily. This one-hour driving tour is a great way to quickly immerse yourself in the history of the town.
Natchez Historic Photographs, which can be found at 405 State Street, inside the Stratton Chapel, has a huge collection of photographs taking as far back as 1840. If you would like to sample a variety of Muscatine wines, you can go to The Old South Winery.
The Rosalie Mansion is the home of the daughters of the American Revolution. It houses a unique collection of children’s toys and dolls which are made from cloth and porcelain. In Stone House Concerts, you can enjoy complimentary wine while listening to the music of the Masters played on a 1903 Steinway grand piano in the Music Room.
- Deluxe rooms start at $195
- Superior suites start at $295