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

Intersection of Jefferson and North Pearl streets

Natchez Trails

 
 
Intersection of Jefferson and North Pearl streets Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
1. Intersection of Jefferson and North Pearl streets Marker
Inscription.  John Smith, a partner in the contracting firm of Neibert and Gemmell, built this brick cottage in 1838. The John Smith House is named for two owners with this same common name. In this 1866 photograph, evergreen trees obscure the front of the house. The landscape of the house also once featured symmetrical gardens bordered by upturned ceramic ale bottles, which were replaced by bricks when the antique bottles became a target for thieves. In 1976, a tour bus plowed through the side wall of the house—a dramatic image of the impact of heritage tourism!

Contractor Peter Gemmell built this wood cottage about 1837. The trees with painted trunks in the photograph are chinaberry trees, the universal street tree of Natchez in the 1800s. The estate papers of Gemmell and partner Joseph Neibert provide important details about Natchez buildings and the building trades in the 1830s. Both men died in 1837.

The Prentiss Club (behind you) was home to a men's social and literary group. Built in 1904, it was named for Seargent S. Prentiss, a respected lawyer and member of the Mississippi
Marker detail: John Smith House (1866) & Tour Bus Crash into side wall (1976) image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: John Smith House (1866) & Tour Bus Crash into side wall (1976)
House of Representatives in the 1830s. Club members were the leading white businessmen, half of whom were Jewish. The facility featured multiple meeting and card rooms, billiard room, ballroom, shooting gallery, bowling alley, and one of the first swimming pools in Natchez.
 
Erected by City of Natchez, Mississippi.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi - Natchez Trails series list.
 
Location. 31° 33.704′ N, 91° 24.105′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pearl Street and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north on North Pearl Street. Marker is located along the sidewalk, at the southeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 North Pearl Street, Natchez MS 39120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Intersection of North Pearl and Franklin streets (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Intersection of High and North Pearl streets (about 400 feet away); Old Natchez Hotel (about 400 feet away); Andrew Marschalk
Marker detail: Peter Gemmell cottage (c. 1837) image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Peter Gemmell cottage (c. 1837)
(about 500 feet away); Intersection of High and North Wall Streets (about 600 feet away); Site of Cokesbury Chapel (about 600 feet away); Intersection of Jefferson and North Union streets (about 700 feet away); Jefferson Street Methodist Church (about 700 feet 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 . . .  Prentiss Club: National Register of Historic Places Nomination #79001298. The Prentiss Club is a large L-shaped structure on the southeast corner of the intersection of Pearl and Jefferson streets in downtown Natchez, Mississippi. Its two principal elevations, which face west and north, are designed in the Second Renaissance Revival style, with arched fenestration, loggias, sculptured decoration, bracketed eaves, and a low hipped roof covered with red tiles. (Submitted on December 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Intersection of Jefferson and North Pearl streets Marker (<i>wide view; marker beside stop sign</i>) image. Click for full size.
4. Intersection of Jefferson and North Pearl streets Marker (wide view; marker beside stop sign)
The Prentiss Club (<i>located behind marker at 211 North Pearl Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
5. The Prentiss Club (located behind marker at 211 North Pearl Street)
The Prentiss Club Entrance (<i>located behind marker at 211 North Pearl Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
6. The Prentiss Club Entrance (located behind marker at 211 North Pearl Street)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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