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The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta

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The river region referred to as the Mississippi River Delta is a fifty-two-mile-wide, two-hundred-mile-long alluvial plain formed by silt deposits of thousands of years. From Port Gibson to Memphis, the grand mansions rise from the rich soil the river left behind and recall the quiet majesty of another age.

As much as the people who live there have made an impact on the river itself, so too has the river had an effect on the homes in which they live. Ingrained in the Delta's ...

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Overview

The river region referred to as the Mississippi River Delta is a fifty-two-mile-wide, two-hundred-mile-long alluvial plain formed by silt deposits of thousands of years. From Port Gibson to Memphis, the grand mansions rise from the rich soil the river left behind and recall the quiet majesty of another age.

As much as the people who live there have made an impact on the river itself, so too has the river had an effect on the homes in which they live. Ingrained in the Delta's architecture are history, devotion, pretension, honor, and avarice--lasting testimony to man's ingenuity in the face of nature's constant attempts to discomfort or dislodge him.

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Mention Mississippi plantation homes and images of slaves, King Cotton, and the Civil War immediately come to mind. While not ignoring these issues, Fraiser (Mississippi River Country Tales) focuses here primarily on the architecture of the homes, churches, and monuments that are still found in the Mississippi River Delta region, stretching from Port Gibson to Holly Springs. These architectural masterpieces were built with both comfort and practicality in mind; comfort is seen in the columns, porticos, and balustrades, while practicality is evident in the structural efforts to cope with withering summer heat and humidity and a river prone to deadly flooding. Fraiser presents the right mixture of history and folklore to make the book readable by anyone interested in architecture, while Freeman's exquisite photographs capture the antebellum beauty, which endures to this day and makes this area of Mississippi a favorite with tourists. Public libraries in the region will definitely want to add this to their collections, but it is also suitable for libraries of all sizes because of its reasonable price, insightful text, and stunning photographs. Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565548695
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Majesty Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,420,921
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM FRAISER is a federal administrative law judge and a law school and college instructor. He is a freelance journalist/photographer and has written regularly for various Mississippi publications. A professional actor and director, Fraiser is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild.

West Freeman is a native New Orleanian. His photographs have been featured in Architectural Digest, New Orleans Magazine, and the Times-Picayune and are a part of the permanent collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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Table of Contents

Landmarks of a Bygone Age 5
Acknowledgments 7
The Yazoo-Mississippi Delta 9
Gateway to the Delta 11
Port Gibson 11
Windsor 12
First Presbyterian Church 13
Vicksburg 14
Annabelle 15
Cedar Grove (Klein House) 18
The Corners 20
Balfour House 22
Willis-Cowan Home (Pemberton's Headquarters) 24
Warren County Courthouse 26
Floweree 27
Vicksburg National Military Park 30
The Bobb House (McRaven) 31
Anchuca 34
Rolling Fork and Vicinity 36
Mount Helena 37
Yazoo City and Vicinity 39
No Mistake Plantation 40
The P-Line House 42
The Heart of the Mississippi Delta 44
Lake Washington Vicinity 44
Ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church 45
Junius B. Ward House (Erwin House) 46
Mount Holly 47
Linden 48
Greenville 49
The First National Bank Building 50
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church 51
Hebrew Union Temple 52
Griffin-Spragins House (Refuge Plantation) 53
Belmont 54
Greenwood 56
Historic Cotton Row District 57
Lusco's 58
Leflore County Courthouse 59
River Oaks 60
Bridgewater Inn 62
Revelee (The Gwin House) 64
Carter House 66
Provine House 68
Grand Boulevard Historic District 70
Bellashon 71
Bledsoe House 74
Rosemary 76
Jones House 78
Cleveland and Vicinity 81
Isaiah T. Montgomery House 82
Clarksdale 83
The Clark Mansion 84
The Cutrer Mansion 85
Wildberger House 86
Madidi Restaurant 87
Enduring Delta Influence 88
Ole Miss (The University of Mississippi) 88
Lyceum Building 89
Barnard Observatory 90
Rowan Oak (William Faulkner's Home) 91
Ventress Hall 92
Holly Springs 93
Walter Place 94
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2002

    The Delta is as beautiful as it is romantic!

    This is a great book--the photography is breathtaking, from the pictures of the Rolling Fork mansion resting atop a native ceremonial ground to the beautiful mansions of Vicksburg. Even better are the photos of the interiors of the magnificent plantation homes of the region. The text is equally fascinating, with precise explanations of the various kinds of Delta architecture (Greek Revival, Italianate, etc.), and in-depth discussions of the histories of each property and the towns (Greenwood, Greenville, Clarksdale, etc.) in which they are located. I loved hearing about the Tussie Mussies (courting couch for lovers and their chaperon) and the priceless porcelain ladies dressing boudoir that was the last gift given by the Holy Roman Emperor, later owned by thei infamous Mata Hari and ultimately given as a gift to the present owner for helping Jews to escape Hitler. This is the best and most beautiful book I've ever read on this subject, by far.

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