United States of America, Mississippi, Adams County, Natchez
Winchester House (Natchez, Miss.)
"The Winchester House, near the central business district of Natchez, Mississippi, is a five bay, one-and-one-half story frame duplex with a gable roof. The lawn slopes down toward the rear of the property, allowing a fully raised brick basement beneath the rear portion of the house. In addition to the basement and the two main stories of the house there is a floored attic lighted at the gables."
"In the summer months, well established plantings of Crape Myrtle help create a beautiful setting for the 1837 Winchester House. White Crape Myrtles occupy the ground space on the left side of the house, while pink varieties occupy the front sidewalk space as well as spots in the right side yard near the house. At the front of the house, and at its base, are flower beds partially filled with pink azaleas. The azaleas create a colorful spring background, or at other times, a plain green background for numerous and varied seasonal plantings. A formal flower bed lies in space to the right of the house,as one faces it. Beyond this very large Oak tree which is planted at its base with large leaved Aspidistra, plus many different plant materails, varying with the season. Included as part of this group, are many native Oak-leaved Hydrangea and several plantings of Sweet Olive, as well as a large group of pink azaleas."
"Here, across the driveway, is a beautiful example of a yellow Lady Banksia rose and beyond it, Pyracantha bushes in a row, create a so-called fence-row or boundry planting. Much of the garden space of the Winchester House is devoted to controlled plantings, confined to definite flower beds within enclosed living areas. However, in addition and outside the enclosed, more formal spaces is an open side yard where grows a very old and large Magnolia tree, and the cultivated ground cover here is St. Augustine grass. Additionally, across the full back of the property area numerous volunteer native trees grow. These fill the ground along and in the bayou which makes up the remaining property area. This free area is a favorite place for exploring by the children of the family and their friends."
Persons associated with the property include: Horace Gridley (a city aldeman was former owner from 1836 to 1838); Judge Josiah Winchester (Massachusetts native and union sympathizer was former owner from 1854 to 1928); Parnell Burns (former owner from 1928 to 1978); Caroline Brown Harrington and Paul Harrington (former owners from 1978 to 1982); Hal Garner (Interior designer from 1982 to present); Dick Thompson (gardener from 1982 to present).
This folder includes plans, United States Department of Interior's National Register of Historic Places nomination form, newspaper article, photocopy of information on the Winchester House from the book, Life of Walter Quintin Gresham and worksheet done by GCA researcher.
Garden has been featured in Natchez Democrat, April 24, 1983
Garden has been featured in Gresham, Matilda. Life of Walter Quinting Gresham, 1832-1895. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Company, 1919