Escape to quite times, comfort and history in Natchez, Mississippi. Come to The Devereaux Shields House Bed and Breakfast in Natchez, MS one of the Queen Anne Victorian homes in a city filled with architectural magnificence. The Devereaux Shields House BnB is an elegant two-story home set on exquisitely manicured gardens covered with Natchez crepe myrtles and camellias. Since coming to Natchez in 2004 we have come to love many things about about our home and Natchez, MS. Our home is just a few blocks from the 200-foot-high Natchez Bluffs, which offers a stunning view of the Mississippi River. Enjoy dramatic sunsets across the western horizon and Louisiana lowlands; relax with the slow pace of the huge tows and barges as they navigate the currents of the river.
We chose to honor the the first owners of city record (1893) of this property by naming our Bed & Breakfast after Lt. Colonel and Ms. Devereaux Shields. Lt. Colonel Shields served as deputy commander of the 2nd Regiment of the Mississippi Volunteer Infantry in response to President Theodore Roosevelt's call for action upon the explosion of the battleship Maine. He became a veteran and hero for his exploits also serving as a Captain with the U.S. Army, 29th Volunteer Infantry, in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War in the late 19th Century. He remained engaged in combat operations in the Philippines until wounded, after which he returned to his wife in Natchez December 1900. The Theodore Crothers family owned the home from 1901-1949, while the David Junkin family owned the home from 1949-1995. James Pippin restored the home to its early elegance from 1995-2004. The home stands across the street from Chatawa Cottage, built in 1900 by John Periander Walworth and his wife Marion Alice (Lela) Gordon, and the Walworth family home, The Burn, built in 1836 by John's grandfather. Aunt Clara's Cottage was historically part of The Burn property with Clara and many of the room names derived from the Walworth family names or holdings. The current owners of the Devereaux Shields House and Aunt Clara's Cottage, Ronald and Eleanor Fry, are continuing loving renovation and owner-operated Bed and Breakfast activities.
We hosted a rewarding Crouthers Family Reunion on October 13, 2012 with members attending from around the country.
Aunt Clara's Cottage has been a BnB for several decades and named for one of the Walworth daughters raised at The Burn antebellum home next door. Our cottage provides four spacious rooms in a charming 1870's Victorian with heart pine floors, large veranda, and ample sitting areas. There is also a reading room. Aunt Clara's is located at 718 North Union Street, a couple doors from the main Devereaux Shields House.
Relax during your stay with us whether its quiet time rocking in chairs with morning coffee on the front porch, sitting together overlooking the peaceful neighborhood street from the upper front porch, or strolling the beautiful surrounding gardens. Go on peaceful, early morning walks hand-in-hand along the rise overlooking the persistent and meandering Mississippi river just blocks away, walk just a few blocks into the old town center for breakfast, lunch or dinner, enjoy the beauty and significance of the Antebellum and Victorian homes in the original Historic District of Natchez, MS or the equally beautiful Garden District. Perhaps, tour the beautiful Antebellum and Victorian homes throughout the entire city that survived the Civil War unharmed.