215 North Pearl Street (corner of Washington and Pearl Streets)
Natchez, MS 39120
Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During Pilgrimage consult Natchez Pilgrimage Tours brochure for tour times.
After cotton became king, wealthy planters and merchants, like Thomas Henderson, were able to build grand homes such as his Magnolia Hall. This stately home, built in 1858, is the last one of its kind finished before the beginning of the Civil War.
Besides his agricultural activities, Thomas Henderson also was vice-president of the American Colonization Society, a group formed to free slaves and give them passage to Africa. Yet, when the Civil War began two sons fought for the Confederacy.
In the one bombardment of the city during the war, Magnolia Hall was damaged
by the Union gunboat Essex. A shell struck the kitchen, hitting the soup tureen.
After Henderson died, the house had various owners and uses, and in 1976, its then-
owner gave it to the Natchez Garden Club. After being restored and adding period
furnishings, guided by the Henderson family inventory, it has now taken its place among
the showplaces of Natchez. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Magnolia Hall exemplifies the height of the Greek Revival style in Natchez. The house
features an imposing portico with large Ionic columns. The brick house was stuccoed
and scored to imitate the brownstone style then-current in the Northeast. Inside, the
main part of the house has six rooms on the lower and upper floors. And the name of
the house naturally comes from the plaster ceiling medallions of magnolia blossoms and
Upstairs, you, too, can become a Southern belle for the day. Try on a hoop skirt, and
see the fabulous gowns and costumes worn by Historic Natchez Tableaux Queens and
the court. Mannequins portraying antebellum-period life are set in three rooms. Photos
of former presidents of the Natchez Garden Club as well as its royalty are featured
on the hallway walls, and vintage dolls are in a case. The Natchez Costume and Doll
Museum is included in your house tour admission.
Museum Gift Shop on premises.
Click here to envision your event, be it bridal, bridge, brunch or otherwise, at Magnolia Hall.