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c. 1840 Federal
Buena Vista Plantation Home
|Heated Sq. Ft.||5,500|
|Unheated Sq. Ft.||2,000|
- 1st Floor Bath
- 1st Floor Bedroom
- Crawl Space
- Dining room
- Entry Hall
- Gourmet Kitchen
- Laundry Room
- Living room
- Utility Room
- Walk-Up Attic
- Master bedroom downstairs
- Casement windows
- Circular driveway
- Driveway - Dirt
- Fresh paint
- Rear Deck
- Restored exterior
- Storage Building
- Built-in Cabinets
- Ceiling Fans
- Ceramic Tile
- Gas Logs
- High Ceilings
- Original wood windows
- Wood floors
- Slate Roof
- Gas heating
- Septic Tank
- Water Heater - Gas
- 12-foot Ceilings
- Claw-foot Tub(s)
- Sleeping Porch
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About Buena VistaBuena Vista was first established at Eagle Bend, Mississippi. The Kiger Family first chose the site for its exceptional beauty and the Mississippi River frontage.
In 1876 the Mississippi River changed her course and left Eagle Lake behind. Buena Vista Plantation can be located on older maps as “Eagle Bend”.
This beautiful plantation home was built by Basil G. Kiger sometime around 1842. The home was built with cypress wood, harvested locally, and most of the tools, nails and other materials were made by the plantation blacksmith. Buena Vista was built in the Federal Style and currently has five bedrooms and three modern bathrooms for comfort. There are eight fireplaces, ten foot windows, thirteen foot ceilings downstairs, and twelve foot ceilings upstairs. The master bedroom suite contains a huge master bath, complete with its own fireplace and whirlpool tub. The kitchen is equipped with ceramic countertops and professional stainless steel appliances and the cabinet doors were saved from the original freestanding kitchen.
Cypress wood floors adorn most of the rooms in the house including the grand hall.
From 2007: The glorious exterior of the home has also been completely restored and is framed by the ORIGINAL shutters.
Historical Papers and Records IncludedCopies of the original plantation records, family letters, bills and receipts from 1841-1885 were included with the sale c. 2008.
The collection was purchased by the previous owners and is a part of the Natchez Trace Collection. Collection is contained in eight boxes, with folders identifying contents and some dates. Examples of what is included in this collection:
Correspondence between plantation owner Basil G. Kiger, wife Caroline Isabel Gwin Kiger, and their three children.
Correspondence deals with school and family activities, health concerns, crops and slaves, local gossip, religious and political concerns.
Business correspondence regarding sale of cotton and occasional receipts and cotton market reports.
Slave records including bills of sale for slaves, contracts, and name, age, and price lists.
Includes a printed essay "The Duties of an Overseer" (1860).
The financial records are divided by type and include personal and business records of the Kiger family and relatives.
Special Features10' parlor doors separating twin parlors.
Entire house built of locally grown cypress.
Floor to ceiling windows in every room, original glass saved whereever possible.
Located on Eagle Lake, an oxbow lake left by the Mississippi River.
Original Cypress floors.
There are eight fireplaces with original brick. Three with gas logs.
Two 14' x 40' hallways in center of house on both floors.
Archived in January, 2008
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