Wingding 2015 Day06

Thursday September 3




169 miles

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.

Council House Café
Council House Cafe

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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.

Savory Sandwiches
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.

Child’s Plate
Choice of meat or peanut butter and jelly, with chips.

Sensational Salads
Natural winners, whether you want a snack or a full meal!

Broccoli Salad
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

The Trace
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.



Take a horse and buggy tour through the  French Camp Historic District!

Welcome... the Historic Village! From the Council House Cafe to the Carriage House, each building showcases a piece of history right alongside the Natchez Trace.

Enjoy a self-guided tour around the boardwalk that winds through the historic buildings and out-cabins and meet local volunteers at the Alumni Museum who will tell you fascinating tales of the good ol' days in French Camp. You'll also find fascinating antiques in the Col. James Drane Home and watch creative art in the Children of God Pottery Studio.

Old-fashioned horse and buggy tours are available by reservation. Call 662-547-6657 or click here to reserve your tour.

So stop by and join us for a day at the Historic Village - we'd love to have you!

Alumni Museum

French Camp Alumni Museum

This “must see” building in the Historic District is circa 1885. Built approximately three miles north of Kilmichael, Mississippi, on Reed Creek in Montgomery County by Francis Asbury Allen, this dogtrot cabin was occupied by members of the Allen family until the late 1920s. The cabin was donated to FCA by Mr. and Mrs. Homer Sledge of Cleveland, Mississippi, whose mother and aunt had grown up in the house. Today, it contains a unique collection of primitive antiques, farm tools, charming ladies’ dresses, old photographs and memorabilia gathered during the 125-year history of French Camp Academy. It was opened and dedicated May 26, 2001.

Would you like to volunteer at the Alumni Museum?

We have been blessed by many faithful volunteers since the Alumni Museum opened. If you would like to be a volunteer greeter, please contact Lance Ragsdale in the Welcome Center at (662) 547-9464.

French Camp Blacksmith Shop

The Blacksmith Shop

As you continue, you’ll pass the Blacksmith Shop. A blacksmith’s skills were vital in frontier areas. He forged tools, hinges, nails, wagon wheels and shoes for horses and made repairs. Here, the smith still uses coal and the legendary tools of the trade: bellows, anvil, vise, hammer and tongs.



Restored post Office

Restored French Camp Post Office

In the early 1990s, the town of French Camp, Mississippi, decided it was time to replace the old post office that had served the community for more than 70 years. The old Post Office was relocated to the Historic District, and after repainting and restoration, the building has a new home and a new purpose. Today it serves as the Children of God Pottery Studio. Stop by for an educational visit with the potter. Children of God Pottery can be purchased in the Log Cabin Gift Shop.




The Drane House

The Drane House

This antebellum home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction of the home, one of the first frame houses built in Choctaw County, began in 1845 about seven miles from French Camp, using a water-powered saw. The 60-foot foundation beams are heart pine secured by wooden pegs, and the frame of the house was secured by square iron nails. The Drane home contains four rooms on the first floor and three rooms on the second, with the floors being connected by both inside and outside stairways. It was the residence of one of the county’s earliest politicians, Colonel James Drane. He served in the Mississippi State Legislature as a state representative, as a senator and as president of the Mississippi State Senate from 1851 to 1865. In 1981, the home was dismantled board by board by FCA staff and students, who carefully cataloged and numbered the pieces, even saving the chimney bricks and nails. Under the direction of Jack Johnson, a team consisting of Don Ainsworth, Robert Pickett, Charles Rich, Kevin Cannon and many others carefully reassembled the pieces at the current site. In the restoration, colors prevalent in the Civil War era were used. The home has been furnished with antiques donated by friends of the academy. Today you can see handmade quilts being stitched together piece by piece in this historic house. (Facts and text taken from A Treasure on the Trace – The French Camp Story, 1996, Franklin Press, Inc., Baton Rouge, Louisiana.)

Carriage House

The Carriage House

Enclosed in a glass room on the front of this B & B cabin is an 1800s carriage once owned by Greenwood LeFlore, son of Louis LeFleur, and on loan to French Camp Academy. Imagine a long journey in this carriage from French Camp to Washington, DC, with Choctaw Chief Greenwood LeFlore. The purpose of his journey was to finalize terms of The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830 during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. That treaty was the last major land secession treaty the Choctaws signed. After the treaty was ratified by the U.S. Congress in 1831, it allowed the Mississippi Choctaws to become the first major non-European ethnic group to to officially gain U.S. citizenship. The Choctaws wanted to have a representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, but that never became a reality. Despite that, Greenwood LeFlore did serve in the State of Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate.

If you are feeling hungry, press on toward the end of the District and enjoy a hearty meal at the Council House Café.