Antebellum Mansions-Rosalee


Rosalee
Four bedrooms, no baths. Two parlors (gentlemens’ and ladies’), a library and a dining room. Separate kitchen (outdoor building) with only a fireplace for cooking in a building connected to the main house by a breezeway for the slaves to deliver family meals to the dining room window. Central hall runs front to back, big enough to fit our fifth wheel with the slides out. I could live in that hall quite comfortably but I don’t know how I’d manage without a kitchen and bath. An imposing home, but would you want to live there? I wouldn’t want to clean it. I guess that’s why they needed slaves – up to 25 of them.

Rosalee side view

Rosalee side view

The only mansion we had time to actually tour, unfortunately indoor photographs were not allowed, Rosalee is a fine example of antebellum mansions. Antebellum means pre war, in this case the American Civil War. Built in 1823 by Peter Little, a wealthy cotton broker it was taken over (captured) by General Grant on July 13, 1863 until Aug. 26 when General Walter Gresham (Union) took up residence. He ordered all the family’s possessions to be secured in the attic and posted a guard. The ladies of the house were allowed to stay on the premises while the Union army camped on the grounds, and lookouts were posted on the roof.

 View of the Mississippi River from the bluff at Rosalees.

View of the Mississippi River from the bluff at Rosalees.

The house is strategically located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River ideal for preventing Confederates from using the river for supplies or troop movement.

Now owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution

Now owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution

The main door

The main door

View of the garden from the balcony.

View of the garden from the balcony.

Wrought iron furniture detail.

Wrought iron furniture detail.

Next stop The House on Ellicott Hill, another antebellum mansion in Natchez.

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One comment on “Antebellum Mansions-Rosalee”

  1. Wow, it’s a beautiful building but I have to say I’m quite content here in my little caravan/cabin !! Hehe.


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