United States of America, Mississippi, Jefferson County, Fayette
Richland Plantation (Fayette, Mississippi)
Reflecting their historic past (the property dates back to an 1807 land grant), the gardens at Richland invite appreciation. Ancient oaks, fragrant of sweet olives, and many early varieties of camellias highlight the plantings. Low-growing remnants of an earlier time include bridal wreath, sweet William, white flags, and an occasional old rose. Bamboo plants of large proportion formerly covered the entire acreage and by tradition attracted birds of all kinds. Today, a small patch of bamboo still occupies a portion of the back garden. Robert Cox, the original builder, had a dream of an extensive park as the setting for his new home. Part of this dream was a beautiful garden as the crowning jewel. Well-kept and lovely in every aspect, Richland today pays tribute to Cox's vision.
Persons associated with the property and garden include: Thomas Marston Green (former owner, 1807-1812); Green family (former owners, 19th century); Robert Cox and Laura Laminda Green Cox (former owners, ca. 1841-after 1882); Colonel W. E. Bradford and Ora S. Bradley (former owners, 1917-1944); Dr. Charles Field (former owner, 1944-1986); Mary Warren Miller and Ron Miller (historic preservation consultants, 1984); Vicente Wolf (interior designer, 1991); and William Garbo (landscape architect, 1991).
The folder includes a worksheet, a photocopy of the property's National Register of Historic Places nomination form, and photocopies of articles, guidebook entries, and other materials featuring the property and garden.
Garden has been featured in Mary W. Miller, Souvenir Booklet: Tour of Historical Church Hill (Natchez, MS: Historic Natchez Foundation, 1993), pp. 45-49
Garden has been featured in Randolph Delehanty and Van Jones Martin, Classic Natchez (Savannah and New Orleans: Martin-St. Martin, 1996), pp. 112-113
Garden has been featured in Michael Frank, "Mississippi With a Twist," Architectural Digest 55, No. 6 (June 1998), pp. 202-211+