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Last surviving significant mid-19th century delta mansion has new owner



Belmont Plantation
Photo by G Douglas Adams

Historic Property Realtor Peter W. Patout of Talbot Historic Properties represented both the buyer and seller of Belmont Historic Inn in Greenville. The Greek Revival Italianate Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Belmont is incredibly rare as it is the last remaining significant antebellum plantation mansion in the Mississippi Delta.

Belmont Interior

Photo by G Douglas Adams

The income-producing inn and events venue maintains the highest guest ratings (Trip Advisor 5 stars). Belmont sold for $945,000 closing Thursday, July 14, 2022. The property was meticulously restored by the seller, Joshua Cain in 2017. The purchaser, Arkansas native Brad Hauser, sold an historic farmstead inn and events venue in Washington, AR to purchase Belmont, and has exciting plans for its continued operation as an Inn and events venue.

Belmont Plantation Detail

Photo by G Douglas Adams

“Belmont Historic Inn is a national architectural treasure. I’m excited to move this historic property to closing knowing it was exceptionally well-cared for by the seller and the buyer shares that same commitment,” historic property realtor Peter W. Patout said.

The transaction included furnished Belmont and its 6.4 acres. The home offers 8,800 living square feet over 2 stories, with 17 rooms, with ten total bedrooms (9 in main house), 9.5 total bathrooms (8.5 in main house), a cottage and a very rare original brick smokehouse. Patout believes the screened back porch to be among the largest in the region. Hauser is the ideal purchaser with his related experience and passion for historic properties.

Belmont Plantation

Photo by G Douglas Adams

“I’m elated about Belmont and plan to enhance the property by adding a swimming pool, more rooms and a mercantile store,” Hauser said.

“It was a dream come true as a Mississippi native to own and restore this crown jewel in the delta, Belmont, to its most lovely present state,” Seller Joshua Cain said. He and his dedicated manager, Camille Collins, put so much work and love into the estate and hosted many weddings and noteworthy events along with charitable benefits particularly, the highstyle literary soirees of Mississippis’s most famous chronicler of southern food, politics and life, Julia Evans Reed (1960-2020). Reed championed the Delta Tamale Festival, originally coined as the World’s Hot Tamale Festival putting Greenville, MS and Belmont on a national stage with the country’s top authors, chefs and culture-appreciating attendees each fall. As a dear friend to Reed, Patout attended the festival annually and shares Belmont photos in his newsletter.

Licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi, New Orleans-based historic property realtor Peter Patout assists sellers and buyers of exceptional historic properties through his work with Talbot Historical Properties. As a student of history, he continues to blend his passions for art, architecture and gardening and supports top cultural organizations. His depth of knowledge is
rare. Overcome by the sublime beauty of the town’s incredible blooms, Patout founded the Natchez International Crepe Myrtle Festival now headed up by the Downtown Natchez Alliance. Other significant homes represented include Cold Springs Plantation, Pinckneyville, MS; Bayside Plantation, Jeanerette, LA; Mary Plantation, Braithwaite, LA; Fonsylvania, Vicksburg, MS; McClure House, Natchez, MS; as buyers agent for the Maison Chenal Estate in Jarreau, LA; also Dunleith Plantation in Natchez was purchased after Peter Patout showed the property to the current owner.

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