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

Intersection of Washington and South Wall Streets

Natchez Trails

 
 
Intersection of Washington and South Wall Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
1. Intersection of Washington and South Wall Streets Marker
Inscription. Known as the Spanish Quarter in the early 1800s, this neighborhood is one of the oldest in Natchez. Each corner house dates to before the Civil War.

A Spaniard, Manuel Texada, built the house called Texada (“te-HA-da”) about 1798. The first brick building in Natchez, it was both a family home and a source of rental income as a tavern, hotel, and dancing academy. From 1817 to 1821, Natchez was the capital of the new state of Mississippi, and Texada served as the first capitol building.

Texada hosted many forms of entertainment and exhibitions, including a profile artist in 1809, an elephant in 1810, and Mr. Barington's Wax Museum in 1818.

Texada's distinctive roof shape identifies the house in a detail of John James Audubon's 1822-23 landscape of Natchez.

The Griffith-McComas House was originally a one-story house built in the early 1790s. About 1830, the house was raised to make a new first story below. Unlike the earlier upper story, the later lower story displays a more classical symmetry of doors and windows. This photograph also shows an even later Victorian porch addition.

Judge Edward Turner, one of the most influential politicians of the Mississippi territory and early statehood, bought Holly Hedges in 1818.
Greenlea House (<i>corner view; marker visible beside Washington Street stop sign on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
2. Greenlea House (corner view; marker visible beside Washington Street stop sign on right)
The fanlight (arched window above the door) is typical of the Federal style. Turner later deeded the house to his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Louisa and John McMurran. They lived at Holly Hedges until completion of their Melrose estate in the 1840s.

Edward Templeman built Greenlea (behind you) in 1853, but died before moving into the house. It is a classic example of Greek Revival-style architecture. The garden layout in front of the house is typical of the pre-Civil War period.
 
Erected by City of Natchez, Mississippi.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
 
Location. 31° 33.545′ N, 91° 24.356′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and South Wall Street, on the right when traveling west on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the southwest side of the Greenlea Mansion, at the southeast corner of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 South Wall Street, Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Texada (within shouting distance of this marker); Intersection of State and South Wall streets (about 300
Texada, Natchez, Mississippi (<i>view from Washington Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
3. Texada, Natchez, Mississippi (view from Washington Street)
feet away, measured in a direct line); The William Johnson House (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named William Johnson House (about 400 feet away); Intersection of Washington and South Pearl streets (about 400 feet away); Adams County Confederate Memorial (about 400 feet away); Intersection of State and South Canal streets (about 500 feet away); Intersection of State and South Pearl streets (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Griffith-McComas House, Natchez, Mississippi (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
4. The Griffith-McComas House, Natchez, Mississippi (view from near marker)
Holly Hedges, Natchez, Mississippi (<i>view from Washington Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
5. Holly Hedges, Natchez, Mississippi (view from Washington Street)
Greenlea, Natchez, Mississippi (<i>view from near marker; showing pre-Civil War garden layout</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
6. Greenlea, Natchez, Mississippi (view from near marker; showing pre-Civil War garden layout)
 
 
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