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Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Intersection of High and North Pearl streets

Natchez Trails

 
 
Intersection of High and North Pearl streets Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
1. Intersection of High and North Pearl streets Marker
Inscription. Myrtle Terrace (behind you) was the home of steamboat captain Thomas P. Leathers, who commanded the steamboat Natchez in a race with the Robert E. Lee in 1870. An internationally known riverboat pilot, Leathers worked for more than fifty years and piloted seven boats with the Natchez name. He escaped death by fire on a burning boat and survived other river disasters, only to die after being struck by a bicyclist in New Orleans. Leathers and his family are buried in the Natchez City Cemetery.

The Dr. Dubs Townhouse was built in 1852 for city alderman and dentist Dr. Charles H. Dubs. Dr. Dubs patented a “compound union screw forceps” for extraction of hollow tooth roots, “without injury to the jaw.” He built a house that was similar to the brick townhouses in his native Philadelphia. The front wall shows some of the finest brickwork. As you walk beside the house, notice the construction date etched in a brick near the rear corner. The small building to the rear was a kitchen with slave quarters above.

Irish immigrant Frederick Stanton, a wealthy slave-holding planter and cotton merchant, built this new town house in 1857 and named it “Belfast.” In the 1890s, the house became home to Stanton College for Young ladies. In the early 1900s,
Marker detail: Myrtle Terrace image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Myrtle Terrace
it again became a private home and was renamed Stanton Hall. In 1938, the Pilgrimage Garden Club bought the house, and it has served for years as the hub of social activity for garden club members. Today the club opens the house to visitors as a house museum and operates a restaurant on the grounds.
 
Erected by City of Natchez, Mississippi.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
 
Location. 31° 33.756′ N, 91° 24.068′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pearl Street and High Street, on the left when traveling north on North Pearl Street. Touch for map. Marker is located along the sidewalk, near the northeast corner of the Myrtle Terrace House grounds, at the southwest corner of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 408 North Pearl Street, Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Intersection of Jefferson and North Pearl streets (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Intersection of High and North Wall Streets (about 400 feet away); Intersection of North Pearl and Franklin streets (about 700 feet
Marker detail: Dr. Dubs Townhouse (1852) image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Dr. Dubs Townhouse (1852)
away); Old Natchez Hotel (about 800 feet away); Jefferson Street Methodist Church (about 800 feet away); Andrew Marschalk (about 800 feet away); Intersection of Jefferson and North Union streets (approx. 0.2 miles away); Intersection of North Canal and Jefferson streets (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large, rectangular composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high metal posts.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stanton Hall: National Register of Historic Places Nomination #74002254. (Submitted on December 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Stanton Hall. In 1857, Irish immigrant and cotton merchant Frederick Stanton began construction on the home of his dreams: a palatial Greek Revival style residence in the heart of Natchez. Then known as Belfast, Stanton's home occupied an entire city block and cost over $83,000 before it was even furnished. Marble mantel pieces were imported from New York, ornate gasoliers were purchased from Philadelphia, and immense mirrors
Intersection of High and North Pearl streets Marker (<i>looking south along Pearl Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
May 22, 2014
4. Intersection of High and North Pearl streets Marker (looking south along Pearl Street)
were ordered from France. The facade of Stanton's home was equally impressive with its Corinthian columns and delicate cast iron railings. (Submitted on December 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Dr. Charles H. Dubbs Townhouse: National Register of Historic Places Nomination #78001577. (Submitted on December 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Myrtle Terrace: National Register of Historic Places Nomination #78001583. Home of steamboat captain Thomas P. Leathers, the land was surveyed by Sir William Dunbar in the 18th century. It was granted to George Overarker, a planter, in 1795. Overarker, built Myrtle Bank (aka Myrtle Terrace) prior to 1818. (Submitted on December 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

5. Captain Thomas P. Leathers. Captain Leathers was a colorful and dynamic captain of many of the steamboats named Natchez. The Natchez VI made 401 trips without accident in the New Orleans to Vicksburg trade route - a great accomplishment in an era with little or no safety regulations. In 1870, as owner of the Natchez, Captain Leathers participated in what was to become the most legendary steamboat race in history, pitting his Natchez against Captain Cannon and the Robert. E. Lee. (Submitted on December 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Myrtle Terrace (<i>view from marker; house is obscured by trees; ornate wrought iron fence</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
5. Myrtle Terrace (view from marker; house is obscured by trees; ornate wrought iron fence)
 
 
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Stanton Hall (1857) (<i>across the intersection, east from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
6. Stanton Hall (1857) (across the intersection, east from marker)
 
 
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