Monmouth Plantation

Submitted by FHMaster on Sat, 12/17/2016 - 22:37

Monmouth is a historic antebellum home located in Natchez, Mississippi on a 26-acre (11 ha) lot. It was built in 1818 by John Hankinson and inhabited by John A. Quitman, a former Governor of Mississippi and well-known figure in the Mexican-American War. It was declared a Mississippi Landmark in 1986[1] and a National Historic Landmark in 1988.[3][4]

The home was built by John Hankinson, a postmaster, lawyer and steamboat entrepreneur, during the depression that followed the War of 1812, and named after his home, Monmouth County, New Jersey. The mansion was a brick two-story in the Federal style, with a wide central hall with four rooms located off the hall on both floors. There was also a detached brick kitchen behind it, a garden house, and several outhouses. Hankinson began to have financial troubles in 1821 and borrowed heavily using the plantation as collateral. The loan was defaulted on in 1825 and the house was sold at a public auction to Calvin Smith, who one year later sold the property to John Anthony Quitman, the future Governor of Mississippi.[5] John Hankinson did not live to see the sale, as he died in 1826 from complications of excessive drinking.

Monmouth House, East Franklin Street & Melrose Avenue, Natchez (Adams County, Mississippi).jpg

 

Location
Natchez
State
County
GeoCoord
31.55283°N 91.38615°W
Owners
John Hankinson
Calvin Smith
John Anthony Quitman
Founded
1818
Status
Active
Address
1358 John A. Quitman Boulevard, Natchez, Mississippi
NRHP Ref Number
73001001