Just fantastic! If you're in Natchez, Melrose is a must-see. It's owned by the federal government, so your tour guides are park rangers who have requested to be assigned to the area and their enthusiasm shows!
I've been touring historic homes and doing pilgrimages for years and Melrose is genuinely one of the best tours I've ever been on. Our ranger (I forget his name, but he was in the Navy and was a history major at the Univ. of Vermont) started with an intro to set the scene - the importance of Natchez at the time, who the family was, etc.
The vast majority of the interior decor and furnishings are original or exact replicas. God bless Uncle Sam's deep pockets for being able to replicate French wallpaper and carpets and oilcloth floor coverings! Those details were fascinating to see.
The guided tour was about 45 minutes long and you see all the rooms on both floors, along with paintings and photos of the owners to bring the stories to life. By the end, I felt like I knew the families, the history of Natchez in the big scheme of American history, and how the two intersected in this home. For history buffs who really want the inside story, take this tour! Absolutely worth the $10 admission.
Note that the exterior is under construction, so you won't get a pretty photo of the back and the front is bare masonry waiting to be painted (back to its original faux marble look instead of its later whitewash), but this tour is so wonderful, history buffs can easily overlook that.
Also has various outbuildings, slave quarters, and gardens.
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