The Colonel James Drane House was moved to its present location along the Natchez Trace Parkway in 1981. It is now part of the historic French Camp Village. Colonel Drane was the most prominent early settler of Choctaw County. He served as a state representative, senator, and president of the Mississippi State Senate.
The house is one of only a few antebellum structures left in the county. Constructed between 1846-48 with a water saw; it has wooden pegs and square nails. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 because the design is highly significant in the architectural history of Mississippi. Architecturally it is described as a well-preserved wood-frame single-galleried I-house with a seven-bay façade and an open dogtrot on the lower story; it is an example of the blending of folk architecture with sophisticated ornamentation borrowed from the east coast.
French Camp is at milepost #180.7 on the Mississippi section of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
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May 4th, 2019
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