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House on Ellicott Hill

211 North Canal Street Natchez, MS 39120
Open Friday and Saturday from 10 -3
601-442-2011 1 Hour
April 2011 spring, fall
$10-29 Natchez Mississippi
Website Historical Homes
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The House on Ellicotts Hill was built in 1798 and is one of the earliest remaining homes in Natchez. It fronts Canal Street and when built it had clear views of the Mississippi River. The house was constructed prior to great wealth generated by cotton and therefore is more modest and different in look from the antebellum mansions built later.

Although the house is named for Andrew Ellicott, it was built by a merchant named James Moore. The house was designed in a Federal style and has nine main rooms and two floors. Soon after building the house, Moore rented the property and then eventually sold it. It had a number of owners in the early 1800s and later served as a high school. By the 1920s the house had fallen into disrepair. It was acquired and restored by the Natchez Garden Club in 1934.

The house has limited hours and is usually not busy. As a result, you may be able to enjoy a private tour. The tour lasts about 40 minutes and can be customized a bit depending on your preferences. For example, you can learn more about the home’s residents or the furnishings and structure. Although the house does not permit pictures, you can view some images on the club’s website. The first floor has a brick floor and is large and spacious. The tour here mainly discusses the kitchen, various utensils and foods. The upstairs living quarters are more finely decorated and provide a good perspective of the home life of a well-off family in the early 1800s. Overall, this tour was moderately interesting as the house is an architectural bridge between the early pioneer homes of Natchez and the lavish mansions which followed. If time is limited, this tour can be skipped in favor of the more notable plantation mansions.
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