This Week’s Puzzle! ~ Melrose Mansion Back Parlor

This Week’s Historic House Puzzle! ~ Melrose Mansion Back Parlor.

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The Greek Revival style house in Natchez, MS, was designed by Maryland architect Jacob Byers and completed in 1848. The grounds include the two-storied kitchen and dairy buildings, octagonal cistern houses, a smokehouse, a privy, one of the last remaining slave quarters in Natchez, a barn, and a carriage house.

Generations of owners sold their furniture with the house, keeping the interiors remarkably intact. The National Park Service purchased the estate in 1990 as one of the most intact antebellum estates in the South. Guided tours are offered, and it is well worth a visit.

Long recognized as symbols of Southern culture, the historic houses of the antebellum South are also monuments to the fine craftsmanship and labor of the often-enslaved carpenters who built them and the other enslaved people whose labor paid for these beautiful buildings. Substantial research has documented the skilled labor of enslaved craftsmen working in building construction in the region.

Visiting historic house museums is a great way to get inspiration for your home restoration projects. Restoration methods and materials used by museums are included among the approaches presented in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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