The Hermitage, Pearl River County’s most historic site, is for sale. I don’t know the exact asking price, except that it’s beyond me (only because my portfolio has taken such a hit, I mean, Bernie Madoff and all those other crooks made off with my millions, so that I can’t even keep my maid-service and driver, much less buy another house . . .), but whatever the price is, the property is worth it. I recently had the opportunity to visit the house and grounds and just fell in love with the place. The site was settled in the the 1850s, and was the birthplace and home of Eliza Jane Poitevent, known by her pen-name Pearl Rivers. She was the first woman publisher of a major newspaper, the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. You can read more about her here.
Later, in the early 20th-century, the property came into the hands of the Crosby lumbering family, and according to who you ask, they either did a major remodel of the earlier home or built a new one from scratch. Whatever the case, they did a beautiful job and they showed their love of wood–the house has parquet floors throughout and a library that will make you abandon all this web-surfing and just sit in a leather chair and read for the rest of your life. And for those of us who like such things, it even has beautiful tiled bathrooms, probably from the 1930s or 40s.
As great as it is, though, the house is not the star of the show. The lazy Hobolochitto (isn’t that a great name?) winds around on two sides of the property, and the site is beautifully landscaped to take advantage of this vintage Mississippi scene. Stairs descend through several terraces, opening onto a patio that reaches out to the river and a grass lawn that would be great for parties with all your friends and family (presuming you have more friends and family than I do). In addition, there’s a pool, a pool house larger than my non-pool-house, and a great gate, which all private estates need, of course.
Check out the real estate listing for more info. If you don’t want to give me the money outright to buy the place (I’m good for it, but some people have trust issues), you can buy it yourself, and I’ll be your gardener and pool-man. I’ll keep the place up while you jet around the world and you can come home whenever you want to sit and watch the river roll by.