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Learning and Celebration of the Restoration of Hope Farm

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We Welcome You to Hope Farm for a Special Evening of Learning and Celebration.

Hope Farm is one of the earliest and most significant homes in Natchez, built approximately 1789 for the Spanish Territorial Governor Carlos de Grand Pre.

Bousillage, the building style used at Hope Farm, is a uniquely French building technique used in only one other known structure in Natchez. In 1926, Hope Farm became the home of Katherine Grafton Miller and her husband J. Balfour Miller, and it was from Hope Farm that much of the early conceptualizing, planning and promotion of the Natchez Pilgrimage came to fruition.

In the 1980’s the home was purchased by Natchez native Ethel Green Banta who carried on the tradition of strong women caretakers of the structure. Sadly, in March 2023, a fire tore through Hope Farm, and many in Mississippi feared the total loss of this nationally important structure.

The new owners, Laine and Kevin Berry, are now undertaking a meticulous restoration of Hope Farm. They invite you to join them for a tour of the project as it is now, a glimpse back over 235 years of building history, and a celebration of the bright future that Hope Farm has ahead of it!

Event will include a tour of the restoration in progress, so good shoes and clothes appropriate to a building site are suggested. Wine and cheese on the grounds to follow.