The McNutt House: A House of Stories (Part 2)
by Meshea Crysup, Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg,
Civil War Bloggers...& More Network, & RHV Books
The McNutt House is not only unique due to its greatly varied history, but it is not your typical “Bed and Breakfast” either. The story here is, it is actually a “Bed and you fix Breakfast” kind of place!
Confused? Well, it is actually fairly simple—rather than spending a night, getting up for a nice breakfast, and going on your way, guests at The McNutt House usually are more long-term or extended stay in nature. The McNutt House is a very workable mix of “old and new”. The “feel” is old—the look, the furnishings, etc. but one lives very much in the “new” with Wi-Fi, television, modern appliances, very nice modern, private bathrooms, etc.
The McNutt House also serves as a wonderful venue for events! The Courtyard is ideal for a wedding! The Magill House is perfect for an anniversary celebration, school reunion, or educational event! Space, kitchen facilities, a dance floor, scenic picture backdrops--McNutt House has it all!
(At the very end of this, you will find pictures and excerpts from The McNutt House website as just a sample of what they have to offer!)
As you know, I highly recommend letting Elvin take you on a tour! Tours are offered daily, by appointment. They last about 75 minutes and are only $5! You get far more than your money's worth!
However, you do not have to book a tour or wait very long to have a very good opportunity to visit this wonderful historic home! To raise funds for the further restoration of The McNutt House, Elvin and Pam are hosting the First Annual McNutt House 4th of July Festival, Blues, Brews, and BBQ in just a few weeks! This 4th of July, start your celebration at The McNutt House! Live music, beer, and BBQ will be available from 12-7 PM. You will be ahead of the game when it comes to parking for the city’s activities later that evening. You can leave your car where it is, and just take a short walk—3 blocks—down the hill to the riverfront more live music and fireworks! (Details on logo! For more information, go to the website, McNutt House 1st. Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ or call Pam and Elvin at 601-529-2695.
The McNutt House features old world charm blended with modern conveniences and amenities comparable with most local hotels. The main house has 3 Suites with well equipped kitchens containing electric range, refrigerator, microwave oven and a variety of small appliances. Efficiency suites in the Magill House include kitchenettes with refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave oven and large toaster oven adequate for preparing meals; or use the full kitchen just a few steps away. All include dishes, cookware and all customary amenities found at hotels including hairdryer, soap, shampoo, iron and ironing board.
Guests receive a complimentary guided tour of the facility, HDTV, Starz/Encore premium movie package and wireless internet in addition to use of laundry facilities, courtyard, picnic area and BBQ grills. Out of courtesy to our current and future guests, all rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted on the balcony, porches and grounds. Short term rates include daily housekeeping.
The McNutt Suite
This large 3-room suite (approximately 840 sq') once served as the Governor's 2nd floor living quarters with hardwood floors, coal burning fireplaces and panoramic views of the courtyard and spectacular sunsets. The bedroom includes an extremely comfortable hand crafted cherry king bed and ample dresser space. The living room has a sleeper sofa, two reclining chairs, flat panel TV. The kitchen includes dishes, tableware, pots, pans, small appliances, microwave oven, stove and refrigerator. The suite also has dedicated central heat/air and a private bath with tub and shower. Amenities include HDTV programming with 20+ Starz and Encore premium movie channels, wireless internet and complimentary laundry room. If a tranquil setting is your preference, relax in our lovely courtyard featuring multiple decks, patios and gardens that beckon your use.
Named for Mrs. Elizabeth "Bettie" McNutt. This two room Suite is situated on the 2nd floor with a balcony entrance overlooking the courtyard and at eye level with the expanse of the region's oldest Japanese Magnolia tree. The bedroom is quite large featuring a very comfortable hand crafted queen bed, original heart pine floors, ample dresser drawer space and dedicated central heat/air. The Suite includes a kitchen and private newly remodeled bath with tub and shower.
This first floor suite originally served as Gov. McNutt's private office and then later in the 1920's as the office for the Vicksburg Flower Company operated by the long-term owning Wright family. The suite features a Monroe Street entrance (that once also served as access to the staircase to the second floor until 2004), a comfortable 4-post queen bed and HD TV plus Starz/Encore movie channels. Tasteful art and the original cast iron fireplace mantle complete the decor. The Suite includes a small but very functional kitchen with electric range, refrigerator, coffee pot and microwave oven and includes cook ware. The private bath includes a jacuzzi whirlpool tub.
The Magill House
This structure was built around 1980 and is named in honor of a Louisiana Confederate soldier (Lt. David Weeks Magill) who was mortally wounded during the Civil War Siege of Vicksburg and buried on site. The center room serves as a common area for guests with laundry room and a fully equipped kitchen for guests desiring to prepare more elaborate meals.
The nicely landscaped terraced courtyard sits center stage of the property with a large deck protecting the region's oldest Japanese Magnolia tree while overlooking multiple gardens and water features forming a tranquil setting teaming with cardinals, wrens and an occasional visit by a pair of "hoot" owls. Gazebos, ample lawn furniture and charcoal grills awaiting use by our guests.
The base of the courtyard is a featured stop for local history tours as it includes the final resting place for Lt. D W. Magill who perished during the Siege of Vicksburg and an unexploded Union Mortar Shell on display.