Wingding 2015 Day06
Thursday September 3
French Camp Historic District
French Camp Historic District sits alongside the Natchez Trace. Come
discover how early American life used to be in this quaint log cabin
village. The Huffman Cabin Gift Shop and the French Camp Log House Museum
are open to the public Monday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The
Council House Cafe is open Monday - Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Other historic buildings include the Colonel James Drane House, The LeFlore
Carriage House, Black Smith Shop, Welcome Center and Bread Bakery. And,
French Camp has four bed and breakfast cabins.
The French Camp Historic District and French Camp Bed and Breakfast are part of the adjacent French Camp Academy, a Christian boarding school-home dedicated to creating a warm and nourishing environment for its students.
Construction of the Colonel James Drane house began in 1846 using a water powered saw. The foundation and framing are secured with wooden pegs and the ceiling with squared nails. Moved to this location in 1981, the house is now owned and operated by the French Camp Academy. You are invited to visit the Drane House. The information station is in the 1840 Huffman Log Cabin. A sorghum mill adjacent to the cabin operates during the fall sorghum season. Open Monday through Saturday 8:30 to 5 p.m. Restoration of the Colonel James Drane home, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places has been funded with assistance of a matching grant-in-aid from the Department of the Interior National Park Service under the provisions of the Jobs Bill Program of 1983.
Louis LeFleur first traded with the Choctaw Indians at a bluff now part of Jackson, Mississippi. About 1812, he established his stand 900 feet to the northeast on the Natchez Trace. Because of the storekeeper's nationality the area was often called "French Camp", a name retained by the present village. LeFleur married a Choctaw woman. Their famous son who changed his name to Greenwood Leflore, became a Choctaw chief and a Mississippi State Senator. For him are named the city of Greenwood and the county of Leflore.
A stone memorial marks a stage of the Natchez Trace at French Camp. The first highway opened through the lower south by the treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830 between the American government and the Choctaw Indians. The surrounding country became a part of the state of Mississippi. Here Andrew Jackson's Tennessee and Kentucky commands rested on their way to join him in his coast campaign in the War of 1812, during which second struggle for American Independence, Mississippi took a heroic part. Presented to the town of French Camp by the Mississippi Daughters of the American Revolution, November 10, 1915.
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Council House CafeThis building was a meeting place for Greenwood LeFlore, last chief of the Choctaw Indian Nation east of the Mississippi, and his chiefs during tribal negotiations. The cabin is a picturesque piece of the past. It is a 17-by-17-foot structure built of white oak logs hewn to fit with broadax and adze. It was constructed around 1820 and donated in 1967 to French Camp Academy. The cabin was restored as a Bicentennial project of staff and students. Its logs came from the property of George P. Ritchey near Carrollton, Mississippi, and it now serves as a small eatery for travelers on the Trace as well as locals. The Council House Café provides training opportunities for the students of French Camp Academy and profits are used to fund scholarships for deserving young people attending FCA.
The Council House Café, owned and operated by French Camp Academy, offers guests a great place to eat, either inside the rustic dining area or while enjoying the view outside on the deck or on the lawn beneath the oaks. Try one of our generous-size sandwiches, homemade soups or crisp salads. You can finish with either our famous Mississippi Mud Cake or bread pudding.
We are open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Join us for our monthly Steak Nights on the second Friday of each month. Click here for more information or view the menu.
Made on French Camp homemade white or sorghum wheat bread, baked fresh daily!
Whole $7.00 | Half $5.00
Meat Choices: A mountain of thinly sliced ham, smoked turkey, Cajun roast beef, or any combo, served with lettuce tomato, mayonnaise, and a side order of chips. For just $0.50 extra, add savory bacon or American cheese. Each additional combo meat - $0.50.
The Famous “Big Willie” BLT
Travelers up and down the Natchez Trace rave about it!! Made with 10 pieces of crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, and the one-and-only Council House spicy garlic mayonnaise, served with a side order of chips.
Choice of meat or peanut butter and jelly, with chips.
Natural winners, whether you want a snack or a full meal!
Sweet and crunchy! Broccoli florets, southern pecans, crispy bacon, flavorful onions, combined with our sweet, tongue-tingling house dressing, topped with diced fresh tomato and served with toasted homemade bread. A bed of crisp lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, cheese and sliced egg, topped with turkey or ham.
Regular $5.75 | Small $3.50
A crispy bed of fresh lettuce and tomatoes, bacon, cheese, and sliced egg, topped with your choice of turkey or ham, and served with seasoned toast points. Pick a dressing from Ranch, Thousand Island, Italian, our homemade garlic mayonnaise, sweet onion-pecan, or oh, my! honey mustard.
Tasty Homemade Soups
Our version of satisfaction!
Aww, go ahead! Try our soothing, hot and creamy Ann's Potato Soup today, and come back tomorrow for Martha's Black Bean Soup or French Camp Chili with flavor that will dance across your tastebuds. Served with toasted homemade bread or crispy crackers.
Large $4.50 | Small $3.50
Desserts "to Die For"
Your opportunity for earthly bliss. Don't pass it up! Both are homemade right here, but the ice cream is "sto-bought".
Mississippi Mud Cake
A real Southern delight, made with chocolate, pecans and marshmallow.
$3.00 | a la mode $4.00
Mouthwatering Bread Pudding
Decadent with our own golden-rich caramel sauce.
$3.00 | a la mode $4.00
Vanilla Ice Cream – 2 scoops
Sweet and Unsweet Tea, Coffee (with refills)
Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Sprite Zero
Be Not Forgetful to Entertain Strangers: For Thereby Some Have Entertained Angels Unaware. – Hebrews 13:2
Take-out orders may be called in at (662) 547-9860. Those placing more than 10 orders are encouraged to call a day in advance. Tour buses welcomed! We accept cash, check, all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
When you’ve finished your meal at the Council House Café, a short walk will take you to the last point in the Historic District, the Log Cabin Gift Shop, to pay for your meal.