While traveling the backroads you come across unexpected finds. This photo in this blog is one of these. We were traveling from Nachez to Memphis following the Mississippi River on highway 61. I had stopped at a county courthouse in Mississippi and asked about grist mills or old covered bridges in the area. A lady told me about a grist mill near the River at Grand Gulf Militiary Park outside of Port Gibson.
We found the park, which also had a neat campground, a gristmill and an old frontier house. On the porch was this old rocking chair. Behind it you could see the log construction of the house.
The story here is not about the rocking chair, but about the frontier house constructed in 1768 after Great Britain acquired the land from France following the French and Indian War. Unfortunately I did not get a photograph of the entire house. The pioneers squared the logs with their broadaxes and carefully dovetailed the corners for a snug fit. (You can see that in this photo). The log timbers above the door are 52 feet in length. While most frontier houses were only one story, this one was a two-story. The upstairs was added for family’s living quarters and the downstairs was used as a stage stop accommodation for travelers.
Originally the kitchen had been a separate building, with an open hallway to the rest of the building. This open hall was called a “dog trot.” This open hall way was later enclosed to the rest of the house. .
This house was moved log by log from its original site to the park in 1974. I thought the old rocking chair on the porch made a very interesting scene. You have seen this photograph before, but I wanted to bring out the detail of construction and a bit about the history of the frontier house.