If you’ve always dreamed of a country retreat that’s near enough to civilization to get groceries or go to a restaurant but far enough out to see the stars and enjoy the sound of frogs and crickets instead of highway noise, and if you’ve always dreamed of owning a piece of Mississippi’s early history as a state, then Mt. Hope might be for you. Great news–it’s for sale!
According to the listing by Cline Realty on Lands of America:
A rare opportunity to own a piece of Mississippi history, Mt. Hope Plantation, circa 1820, the oldest standing structure in Copiah County, is now being offered for sale. This gem is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recognized as a Mississippi State Landmark. Lovingly restored with no detail overlooked, this property has 4 large bedrooms, 4 full baths and 7 fireplaces (3 gas log fireplaces and 4 wood burning) with a 5500 square foot floor plan conducive to comfortable country living. The 20 acre pastoral setting has several distinctive outbuildings with fenced fields, just perfect for horses or cattle. With two distinct and connected wings, the layout of the home could easily be set up as a Bed and Breakfast, wedding or retreat venue.
The historic property was listed on the National Register in 1985, and according to the nomination by Dr. Michael Fazio:
Mount Hope is a well preserved example of a fairly rare immigrant architectural style in Mississippi the so-called “I”-frame (note: more typically called the “I-house” nowadays). Such buildings, based on English prototypes, probably evolved their New World form in North Carolina, then spread south through the Piedmont region to Georgia, then west through the Alabama Black Belt and into Mississippi. Such structures were often built of brick in the Mid-Atlantic States (Glassie, Pattern in the Material Culture of the Eastern U.S., 66ff), but were more frequently constructed of wood in the timberlands of the Deep South.
If you’re interested, check out the online listing, scroll through the pictures, and give the realtor a call.