Friday, March 6, one of Wilkinson County’s plantation homes, Forest Hill, also known as Shamrock, burned to the ground. It was reported on several Facebook groups dedicated to the Natchez region, including the Natchez, MS, History group and Rodney Remembering, but so far I haven’t seen it on any newspaper site.
Forest Home, which evolved probably from an 1830s dogtrot to a Greek Revival two-story I-house by the 1850s, was listed on the National Register in 1982, and you can read its National Register nomination here. It was featured more recently in The Plantation World of Wilkinson County, Mississippi, 1792-2012 by Stella M. Pitts and Ernesto Caldeira, where you’ll find color images of the interior, probably the last images made there.
If you don’t react well to the sight of beautiful old buildings burning down, don’t scroll down any further.