Melrose

 

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Melrose 001

 

Melrose is a Greek-Revival, Antebellum mansion that was built by Mary and John T McMurran between 1842 and 1848. It sits among 80 acres of land maintained by the National Park Service located in Natchez, Mississippi and remains much as it did 165 years ago.

 

 

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Melrose 002

 

Cindy and I celebrated our 27th anniversary this past week camping in the area and visiting the sites along the southern part of the Natchez Trace.  In the next several posts I’ll be sharing some of the places that we visited.

 

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Melrose 003

A view of the barn from a back yard.

 

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Melrose 004

 

A image of one of the old slave quarters.

 

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Melrose 005

 

Although, these are a far better example of accommodations than I have seen before, I still couldn’t help but imagine what it must have been like to look through this slave quarter’s window at the mansion in the distance.

 

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Southern Cooking 001

 

While we were visiting Melrose we also had the pleasure to meet Michael Twitty.  Michael is a recognized culinary historian who focuses on historic African American food and folk culture. He is currently touring and speaking about the historical roots of the food in the south and is seen here cooking the main course for the evening.

 

Yes that is a Mamiya RB67 that you see in the background.  The RB67 was a medium format single-lens reflex camera made by the Mamiya Corporation and produced during the 1970’s. I can remember wanting one these many years ago.

 

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Southern Cooking 002

 

During our time there we joined several other families shelling peas, cutting okra and pealing apples, in preparation for a huge down home southern meal.

 

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Southern Cooking 003

 

We also met a wonderful lady Hazel Meredith whose brother, James was the first African American student admitted to the University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement.

 

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Southern Cooking 004

 

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Southern Cooking 005

 

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Southern Cooking 006

 

 

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Southern Cooking 007

 

 

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Southern Cooking 008

 

 

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Southern Cooking 009

 

We had many more places to go and see. So we weren’t able to stay around for supper but it was looking good when we left.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Len Saltiel June 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Nice series of images Phillip. Looks like a cool place. The B&W image is my favorite with greta tones

    • Phillip June 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      Thanks Len! I like the B/W one too. I’d like to play around with the others more, but I’ve just been too busy.

  2. Jimi Jones June 22, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Outstanding series of images, Phillip. Learned a little something from this nice post. 😉

    This must have been a great experience and a chance to make some special memories.

    You have succeeded in making me hungry as well. 🙂

    • Phillip June 22, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      Thanks Jimi. We had a wonderful time, and hated to leave all of that good food behind!

  3. Edith Levy June 22, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Wonderful set of images Phillip and Happy Anniversary.

    • Phillip June 22, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      Thanks Edith, I appreciate it!

  4. Adam Allegro June 25, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Oh man, mouth is watering after reading this one! Nice work buddy.

    • Phillip June 25, 2012 at 11:35 am #

      It’s hard to beat BBQ pork!

  5. deniseippolito June 25, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    I love the first image the way the tree frames the shot! Happy Anniversary!

    • Phillip June 25, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      Thank you so much Denise!

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