Mount Locust

Mount Locust 1
Mount Locust 1

 

During the mid to late 1700s the Natchez Trace was basically the area’s first “super highway. The Trace was an important route used by “Kaintucks”. These were boatmen who would bring goods down the Mississippi River in flat or keel boats and either walk back to their homes located in the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland River valleys, or buy a horse and ride.

 

Mount Locust 2
Mount Locust 2

 

 

Mount Locust 3
Mount Locust 3

 

Along the way there were places called “Stands”. Each stand was located about the distance that it would take a person to travel in a day. A person could find a meal and lodging at these places for about 25 cents a night. One such stand was Mount Locust. It was constructed during the time of the American Revolution by John Blommart.  Stands like Mount Locust provided welcome stopping points along the Natchez Trace. Think of it as Motel One. You can even hear Tom Bodett telling everyone that “we’ll leave a candle burning for you”.

 

Mount Locust 4
Mount Locust 4

 

Mount Locust 5
Mount Locust 5

 

 

Mount Locust 6
Mount Locust 6

 

After the Revolutionary War the Spanish were in controlled the all of the Southern Gulf Coast. Blommart ran into trouble with the Spanish and ended up losing his home and fortune.

 

Muscadine Vineyard
Muscadine Vineyard

 

However, Mount Locust still survived. By 1825, foot travel on the Trace had all but ended, although a few inns like Mount Locust continued to serve visitors with food and lodging for some years to come. It eventually was sold to the Chamberlain family and became a cotton plantation.

 

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Mount Locust

    1. Thank you Len. The name is interesting, and I couldn’t find any information on it. I would love to know the story.

  1. Love these images, Phillip. So nicely processed. The B&W conversions are very nice as well. That 3rd shot (B&W) is particularly nice.

  2. A very nice series of pictures of Mount Locust. They tell the story about times gone by with engagement and insight. I love the way you have play with the graphic expressions. My favourite picture is Mount Locust 2. Wonderful colours and an expressive captured detail.

    1. Thank you Otto for such an encouraging comment. I really appreciate it. I processed it with LightRoom 3 and Viveza 2. Then I used Snap Art 3 to add the finishing touches to it.

  3. Very interesting background on this site, Phillip. I particularly like the detail shot of the bag and hat, as well as the forest scene. The black and white variations are attractive, although I personally go for the warmth of the colour images.

    1. I appreciate it Andrew. They had these displayed as seen, and they just seemed so natural. I’m not sure which of the forest scenes I like the most. I like the warmth of the color too, but the B/W is appealing as well. Even though they are the same, they are so different.

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