The House on Ellicott Hill

The House on Ellicott Hill was not open for tours the day we visited, so we had to make do with a self guided outside tour with peeks in the windows. This mansion was built in 1798 on Canal Street in Natchez where all the elite of the day wanted to build their homes.

 Ellicott House, top floor


Ellicott House, top floor

The main side is built into the hill and overlooks the river, the upper story is at ground level on the top of the hill. From this vantage point you’d never realize just how big this home is.

A National Historic Landmark

A National Historic Landmark

Main door to Ellicott House

Main door to Ellicott House

There are a lot of staircases, inside and out. (No elevators in those days.) It must have been difficult to maneuver for the ladies wearing hoop skirts, and if you had bad knees back then you’d be trapped on one floor. Like Rosalee in my previous post there would have been no bathrooms and the kitchen would have been in a separate building, for good reason. If the kitchen caught fire (a good possibility it could with an open fireplace) the main house wouldn’t be destroyed.

One of the staircases

An outside staircase

Stairs from the street level going up. Not too wheelchair accessible.

Stairs from the street level going up. Not too wheelchair accessible.

Same staircase looking down

Same staircase looking down

For a brief time between 1850 and 1858 the Natchez High School resided at Ellicott House. Natchez Garden Club owns the mansion now and has restored it to its former beauty.

Much restoration is underway in the city. This building next door to Ellicott Hill was the priest’s house. Not a mansion but still a grand old house.

Land for this house would have been donated by the owner of Ellicott House.

Land for this house would have been donated by the owner of Ellicott House.

Under repair

Under repair

In need of paint.

In need of paint.

So much to see, so little time! We will have to return to Natchez next year to tour Stanton Hall, Melrose, Dunlieth and Magnolia Hall; but for now we have to move on north to Canada.

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2 comments on “The House on Ellicott Hill”

  1. Very nice, thanks for the tour!

  2. We enjoyed Natchez. Have a great time!


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