Husband spends a good deal of time down in Vicksburg, M’ssippi, for his job. (I like to write it like “M’ssippi” because that’s how they pronounce it down there!) Instead of staying at the usual hotel, he frequently stays at an amazing B&B called Anchuca, located in the historic part of Vicksburg. Can you say jealous?! A B&B?!

Anchuca is an 1830s mansion, once home to Jefferson Davis’ brother and the site of an address made on that front balcony by Jefferson Davis himself to the people of Vicksburg before the South fell. (FYI – For you non-Civil War buffs, Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederacy during the Civil War…and Vicksburg is the site of one of the bloodiest battles where the South fell on the same day as the Battle of Gettysburg.)

anchuca

such a gorgeous show of greek revival

A few weekends ago I decided to see what Vicksburg was all about and joined Husband at the end of a week-long business trip there. Anchuca was booked solid, so unfortunately we didn’t get to stay there, but that didn’t keep us from eating each breakfast and dinner there!

And boy did we feast…I had to go on a cheese grits detox after returning to DC! I can’t even begin to describe how delicious the food was (fantastic renditions of true Southern food), nor how warm and friendly the wait staff was. What a special place! Here are a few pics of the restaurant, which was a more recent addition to the mansion.

an original chandelier in the restaurant (re-wired but formerly lit using whale blubber)

an original chandelier in the restaurant (re-wired but formerly lit using whale blubber)

i love the doors leading out to the courtyard

i love the doors painted all in black leading out to the courtyard

Through his many visits to Vicksburg, Husband has become good friends with one of Anchuca’s owners, Tom Pharr. Born and raised in Vicksburg, he is the epitome of a Southern gentleman. Running a B&B is truly his calling! Before restoring the mansion with his business partner (and the chef at Anchuca) Chris Brinkley, Tom was (and still is!) a gifted interior designer. We were lucky enough to have him give us a personal tour of Anchuca, as well as some other properties around town.

Let’s start the tour outside…

the pool and pool house (perfect for m'ssippi heat!)

the pool and pool house (perfect for m'ssippi heat!)

I love the brick walls and patio, and that pool house is an old converted carriage house. I love the cutouts in the trim and how the doors are wide open for lounging.

a view of anchuca from the pool house

a view of anchuca from the pool house

That fountain is just the right touch with the stone statues watching on. I love the squared boxwoods lining the brick wall!

the front porch, typical greek revival

the front porch, typical greek revival

How great is that porch?! The imposing columns, huge windows, and upstairs balcony. I think my favorite architectural touches in the South are the shuttered windows that go to the floor and act as extra doors. I just love how it brings the outdoors in.

Now let’s go inside, shall we? Tom has Anchuca dressed in her finest…I went gaga for the antiques, chandeliers, mirrors, mouldings, soaring ceilings…just stunning!

Here is a parlor, on your right when you enter through the front door:

this fantastic chandy lives in the parlour

this fantastic chandy lives in the parlor

This chandelier is early 1800s and such a sparkler in this room. I love how Tom placed it in front of a massive mirror to reflect the light and sparkle.

the fireplaces are to die for!

the fireplaces are to die for!

Fireplaces were in nearly every room and were just stunning. I spy a fantastic early 1900s spider back armchair.

looking from the sitting room into the front parlor

looking from the sitting room into the front parlor

Ahh that red velvet Queen Anne sofa looks so cozy! Tom has loads of Vicksburg-related Civil War artifacts throughout Anchuca, including the pair of swords flanking the curtained doorway.

how amazing is the reflection on the ceiling?!

how amazing is the reflection on the ceiling?!

Here’s a view going up one of the stairways in the mansion – can you believe that chandelier?! The light pouring in through the stained glass window above the door to the balcony plus the light source itself throw the most amazing light on the ceiling – really stunning.

The moulding throughout the mansion was simply incredible. Here’s a close-up of some rosettes on an archway at the top of the stairs:

they don't make things like they used to!

they don't make things like they used to!

And some shots of the dining room:

a view from the stairs into the dining room

that mirror is a jaw-dropper!

gorgeous chippendale china cabinet

gorgeous chippendale china cabinet

Adjacent to the dining room is another sitting room or parlor, again full of incredible period antiques. Don’t you just love those iron greyhounds in front of yet another amazing fireplace?! The piano was an gorgeous burled wood, polished to a shine. And it’s hard to miss the dramatic drapery, found throughout the mansion.

the sitting room next to the dining room

the sitting room next to the dining room

Now let’s move upstairs…

one of the bedrooms

one of the bedrooms

Can you believe the sheer size of that bed?! The fringe on the canopy is bananas! Here’s a close up of matching drapery:

it's so intense!

the fringe is so intense!

Here is the room Jefferson Davis himself freqented:

another massive bed frame!

another massive bed frame!

a beautiful mirrored armoire and some more fringed drapery

a beautiful mirrored armoire and some more fringed drapery

Isn’t Anchuca beautiful?! If you ever plan on a trip to M’ssippi, I highly recommend a visit to Vicksburg. It’s a lovely city set on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River with amazing architecture and a lot of history (like the battlefield and a resurrected ironclad).

More pics of Vicksburg later this week!

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