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

Intersection of High and North Wall Streets

Natchez Trails

 
 
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Inscription.
Joseph Neibert built Choctaw in 1836 as his mansion townhouse. Neibert was a cotton planter. In the 1830s he and his partner Peter Gemmel, operated the city's most successful building firm, which employed both white and enslaved craftsmen. In 1844, the house sold to Alvarez Fisk, a supported of education and member of the Mississippi Colonization Society. This group tried to create settlements for freed slaves in West Africa. In 1855, Choctaw became home to George Malin Davis, a wealthy planter and lawyer. His outspoken support of Mississippi's secession from the Union led to Choctaw's occupation by U.S. forces during the Civil War.

Cherokee, like Choctaw, is a grand house that was the home of a cotton planter. Natchez planter and cotton broker Frederick Stanton owned Cherokee from 1846 until he moved into newly completed Stanton Hall in 1858. The 1920s image above shows the house in run-down condition. Cherokee, like many Natchez houses dating to the 1830s and 40s, was finished in stucco, which was scored and painted to look like sandstone on the facade. This decorative paint treatment has been restored.

Mansions like Choctaw and Cherokee were townhouse mansions of cotton planters, who preferred the ease and social life in Natchez and its suburbs to life on an isolated cotton plantation.
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Life for enslaved people who worked in the cotton fields was much harder than for slaves who worked in houses or businesses. Travel writer Joseph Holt Ingraham wrote in 1835 that "field hands" were "secluded in the solitude on an extensive plantation, which is their world, beyond whose horizon they know nothing...and without seeing a white person except their master or overseer, with whom they seldom hold any conversation.

Several additions and remodeling created the rambling shape of White Wings (behind you), pictured with azaleas in full bloom. The original portion dates to the 1830s. The 1849 Stockton House next door has a similar ornate porch.
 
Erected by City Of Natchez.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
 
Location. 31° 33.796′ N, 91° 24.128′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of North Wall Street and High Street, on the left when traveling south on North Wall Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andrew Marschalk (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Natchez Bluffs and River Views
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Natchez Burning" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson Street Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Bank of Mississippi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commercial Bank Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Intersection of Jefferson and North Union streets (approx. mile away); Bud Scott (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
 
Regarding Intersection of High and North Wall Streets. Part of the "North Trail" (green) walking tour.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 18, 2017.
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