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.
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”.
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.
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.