United States of America, Mississippi, Adams County, Natchez
Cherokee (Natchez, Mississippi)
Dating from 1794, this Greek Revival Mansion sits on an acre of gardens. These are divided into three parts: "an upper formal part, a lower less formal part and last, a simple grassy area for quiet walk." Garden features include and armillary sphere, a cast iron fountain and courtyard within a walled garden, and four marble statues representing the seasons. Regarding elevation, Cherokee is higher than most of the lots in Natchez, as laws prohibiting extensive grading were enacted after this property was created.
Persons associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Byrne (former owners, 1939-1982); Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Junkin (former owners, 1982-1993); Mr. James R. and Mrs. Elizabeth Whatley (former owners, 1993-1994); Historic Natchez Foundation (former owners, 1994-2000); Koeh and Wilson (architects, 1985); William Garb (landscape architect, 1986); and Cynthia Bailey (garden manager, 2000-present).
The folders include a work sheet, landscape plans, a plant list, copies of book entries and newspaper articles, history of property by Historic Natchez Foundation, and brochures.
Garden featured in: "Cherokee Began Under Spanish Rule," in Better Homes and Gardens: America's Gardens (New York: Meredith Press, 1964), p. 94