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Mount Locust Plantation

Location: Natchez, MS
Constructed: 1784

History: Mount Locust was constructed in the 1780s and served as an inn on the old Natchez Trace, a road from Natchez, Mississippi to Tennessee. The Trace was an important transportation route in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Mount Locust is located about 15 miles outside the town of Natchez. After the introduction of the cotton gin in the Natchez area, Mount Locust was transformed into a successful cotton plantation.

Associated Surnames: Chamberlain, Dunbar, Ferguson

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Research Leads

Natchez-Area Manuscript collections in The Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections at Louisiana State University: Magruder, Eliza L. Diary, 1846-1857. 2 vols., 1 typescript. Location: G:17. Available on microfilm: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 34. Young woman of Locust Plantation near Natchez, the home of her aunt and uncle, Olivia and Joseph Dunbar (d.1846). Diary comments on local social events and amusements; visiting friends; births and deaths; and treatment, care of, and unrest of slaves.