The plantation bordered Ashland Plantation and the Mississippi River. It was near the Ashland community, and Ashland's port was sometimes used by Cypress Grove Plantation. The plantation was also located on the Mississippi River ten miles below Rodney, a small town on the Mississippi River in Jefferson County, Mississippi. It was north of Natchez.
The plantation was purchased by General Zachary Taylor in 1840. The land spanned 1,923 acres. It was purchased from David Hunt and others by John Hagan of New Orleans, and then sold to Taylor for $95,000. It came with eighty-one African "servants," as Taylor called them, and with horses, mules, cattle and equipment. Taylor and his wife, Margaret Taylor, often visited the plantation until he was elected President of the United States in 1848. Indeed, she spent most of her time at the plantation while he was serving in the Mexican-American War. Though Taylor won many battles in the war, the Battle of Buena Vista was his last victory in 1847.The plantation became known as Buena Vista when Taylor returned from the war.
Taylor's parents - Colonel Richard and Sara Strother Taylor - raised him on their plantation, so he had experience running a plantation. Cotton, tobacco, corn and wheat were grown, and hogs, sheep, cattle and poultry were raised on his plantation. He grew potatoes and peas in his garden. His home on the plantation was made of timber and included a large library. He also had a sawmill on this plantation.
See Buena Vista Plantation.