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Located on Whittington and Sumner Farms, an expansive working Delta cotton plantation, these two to four room dwellings sit on the banks of the picturesque Tallahatchie River (of Ode to Billie Joe fame) and offer travelers looking for something a little off the beaten path a beautiful rural landscape and access to the whole farming operation.
The site consists of a collection of six shacks that are authentic preserved examples of the small rural homes that once dotted the Delta countryside where the early blues artists were born, raised and wandered. These shacks are poignant pieces of the history of that deep delta culture. Soon to be added is an refurbished old farm commissary that will accommodate various functions.
Now the art form and history of these rural enclaves of the past call out to welcome visitors and guests to linger in this place and experience all aspects of the large working plantation. Visitors here can take their time, stay a few nights and enjoy exploring the farm operation. During visitors’ stay, the owners and staff will take time out with their guests for an interpretive tour. Early fall is the most desirable time for viewing. And for those who have trouble staying “down on the farm”, there’s the Tallahatchie Queen river boat tour that departs from the Flats and glides visitors past Civil War battle sites and into downtown Greenwood to shop historic Howard Street and enjoy delicious southern cooking in extraordinary restaurants in interesting nooks.
The "tenant houses", as they are locally known, have been acquired from a number of local plantation owners in an effort to preserve a piece of history, with each one bearing the name of its original location, previous owner or occupant. Each house has both a front and back porch and each porch is accented with bare bulb porch lights. Situated in the country three miles from urban activity, the silence is deafening and makes for a most relaxing experience, day or night. An active railroad track within whistle distance imprints a wonderful country memory.
The night times are soothingly relaxing and the sleeping is phenomenal, especially in rainy weather, due to the tin roof on each flat. Each one has been updated with indoor plumbing, heat and air conditioning and furnished with 1940’s rural America in mind. In addition, each flat is equipped with a fully-functional and equipped kitchen.
A driving tour of this farm may also be scheduled by contacting the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1.800.748.9064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy this experience of a lifetime!
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