Monday, March 24, 2008

Employee Profile - George Ivory

George Ivory has worked at Monmouth for over ten years. He serves cocktails and waits on our dinner guests- George is always the consummate gentleman. Seen here taking a guest’s order at dinner- we recognize George at this time for truly saving a guest's life.
George was in the dining room when a guest had a frightening moment for himself and his family. George took charge and quickly had the guest out of medical danger. We at Monmouth salute George for his ability to take action in an emergency.
-Peggy Voss

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Resurrection Plant in the Trees of Monmouth

Recently a guest and his wife spotted an unusual plant here in the Monmouth Gardens. This plant is especially significant during our Easter season as it is called a Resurrection Plant (Selaginella lepidophylla).
Our guest who is a botanist pointed out the plant growing high on the branches of our ancient oak trees and explained that the plant without water looks brown and dying and then quickly revives (within hours) to a bright healthy green- after a rain or after the morning dew has covered the branches!
Visiting Monmouth is always a beautiful experience and discoveries by our guests are treasured information for us.
-Peggy Voss

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Easter Gifts in the Shop

Easter items are to be found in abundance throughout the Monmouth gift shop. Ceramic bunnies and Easter gifts for adults and to decorate your house for this holiday are arriving daily and are quickly unpacked and displayed. Local residents choose Monmouth Gift Shop as their first stop when they are selecting a wedding, birthday or child's gift - or just for a very special occasion. Our children's Easter gifts are adorable and unique and will be a keepsake for many years.
-Peggy Voss

Monday, March 10, 2008

Monmouth in Southern Accents Magazine

The March issue of Southern Accents has featured Natchez and Monmouth in an interesting article written by local author, Denise Gee. A lovely photograph of Monmouth was taken with a view through our Spanish moss- and the article speaks of the "sweeping grounds and moss-draped oaks". Denise's Natchez article is written from her childhood perspective of growing up in Natchez. It is a delightful view of interesting "tales and tidbits" pertaining to the local past and present. Grab a copy of Southern Accents at your local newsstand and enjoy a unique article featuring Monmouth and Natchez. Denise has recently published a great book entitled Southern Cocktails. One of her recipes has been selected as Monmouth's March Drink of the Month- the Bee's Knees.
-Peggy Voss

Legislators visit Monmouth

The Mississippi State Legislative members of the Tourism committee enjoyed the luxuries of Monmouth for the evening of Sunday, March 2nd. The group arrived at Monmouth following a leisurely drive on the Natchez Trace from the state capital in Jackson. The afternoon was beautiful and the committee members enjoyed a tour of the mansion and a stroll in the gardens prior to a seated dinner in the mansion. Several members of Natchez government were also included as dinner guests. Each member had lovely accommodations and breakfast the following morning- and each one vowed to return for a personal visit to Monmouth. The Monmouth staff was very honored to have been chosen to host this prestigious group.
-Peggy Voss

The Sanctuary at Monmouth

Many lovely spots are to be found on the twenty six acres of Monmouth gardens. You can cross the pond by way of a white wooden bridge and arrive at the Reuben Harper Sanctuary. This beautiful place, for quiet meditation, was built in honor of the Riches' friend and long time resident of Natchez. Mr. Harper, known in Natchez and throughout the south as "Buzz" Harper, has been instrumental in assisting with antique selections and renovation projects at Monmouth. Recent additions are two angel stained glass windows.
-Peggy Voss