Partners David P. Garner Jr. and Lee Glover of Marlsgate Plantation in Scott have just purchased Choctaw Mansion in Natchez, Miss.
Natchez, the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, has more antebellum houses than any other place in the United States. Because Natchez did not hold a strategic position during the Civil War, it was spared much of the damage other cities suffered and remains home to more than 600 examples of antebellum architecture – more than any other city in the South.
Choctaw, build in 1836, is a transitional style from Federal to Greek Revival with a Roman ionic tetra-style portico. A 11,608 square feet, two-story brick house, over a raised basement, is a late but highly significant example of the “Jeffersonian Classicism” mode of the Federal style. The interior, however, is Greek Revival. The grand staircase rising in a cantilevered spiral from the rear stair hall portion of the central hall to the mansion’s brightly lit cupola. Not only is Choctaw on the National Register, it is a Mississippi Landmark.
Garner and Glover’s goal will be to become members of the Natchez Pilgrimage Garden Club and open Choctaw to the public for the annual spring, fall and Christmas house tours
With the purchase of Choctaw, there will be no changes at Marlsgate Plantation, it will be business as usual and will continue to be a premier event and wedding venue in Arkansas.