Oak Hill Inn Named Winner in 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels
NATCHEZ, MS – January 25, 2019 – Historic Oak Hill Inn in Natchez, Mississippi, owned by former Asbury Park residents Douglass Mauro and Donald McGlynn, has been recognized as a winner in the Travelers’ Choice category of the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for B&Bs and Inns, ranking 9th out of 25. For the 17th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe. Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.
Annual Historic Natchez Foundation Awards
The Historic Natchez Foundation held their annual awards meeting on Thursday, January 10 and several of our beautiful antebellum homes were honored.
Receiving the George and Ethel Kelly Preservation Award were Ginger and James Highland for restoring the towers, which burned ninety years ago, on their antebellum The Towers. Also receiving this award, was the Natchez Garden Club for their exterior restoration of Magnolia Hall and the Pilgrimage Garden Club for their restoration efforts on Stanton Hall. Gregory and Debbie Cosey of Concord Quarters received a special merit award for their restoration work on Concord Quarters.
New book offers glimpse into Natchez architecture, entertaining
When the book “Natchez Style” gets shipped out this week — hot off the press — people will not only be able to read about 27 different antebellum houses featured in Pilgrimage Garden Club tours, but they’ll also be able to see and taste them, too.
Local Chef Regina Charboneau, architect William Bradley and Dallas photographer Manny Rodriguez are the creative trio that produced 370 pages with Natchez written all over them from start to finish.
History remains: Civil War halted completion of mansion that would have $35M price tag today
A millionaire, a celebrity architect and a team of master craftsmen set out to build what may have been one of the grandest homes in Mississippi, but the Civil War halted construction.
Today, Longwood in Natchez stands unfinished just as it did in 1862.
“They began preparing the foundations in April 1860,” said curator Jim Wade. “They’d pretty much gotten the exterior finished by May 1861 except for the roof and that was finished by September.”
Progress was moving along nicely on the home being built by Haller and Julia Nutt of Natchez. The couple purchased the 90-acre property in 1850 for $12,000. It included a Federal-style home, carriage house, kitchen and other buildings necessary for the Nutt family’s daily life. A few years later, Nutt made bigger plans for the property.
American Queen Steamboat to Acquire Victory I and Victory II
The American Queen Steamboat Company has announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Victory I and sister ship Victory II from Sunstone Ships, Inc., as well as the Victory brand.
These vessels are currently being marketed by Victory Cruise Lines.
Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed and expected to close in early January 2019, according to a press release.
“We are pleased to purchase the Victory I and Victory II which will fuel the continued success and growth of American Queen Steamboat Company,” said American Queen Steamboat Company Chairman and CEO John Waggoner.