Historic House Listings

The Gowan House, also known as Travelers Rest, Circa 1835. Has guest house. Two acres in Mississippi. $178,000

November 26, 2020

The owner discovered newspapers in the walls of one room and the words rubbed off onto the wood. She preserved that wood and left it visible. The Gowan house was built 1835. It is located on 2.5 acres in Kosciusko, Mississippi. This is the oldest house on the Natchez Trace Parkway. This home was used as a stagecoach stop for weary travelers. The home has heart pine floors and exposed hand hewn logs in some rooms. There are double porches and a guest house. Five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 3,642 square feet. $178,000

Contact Gwen Hoffman with Britt Barnes Realty Group: 601-267-7800

From the Zillow listing:


From the moment you pull into the driveway, you fall in love with this picturesque 2 story home known as The Gowan House”. It is located in the small community of Thomastown and is the oldest house on the original Natchez Trace Parkway in Leake County. This historic home beckons you to listen to its stories as you walk up the brick pathway that leads to the front porch. From the 4 doctors that have owned this home through the years to the stagecoach travelers that stopped at “The Traveler’s Rest”, the tales are endless. The entrance into the home is through double doors surrounded by many of the original window panes. As you step into the large long hallway, you notice the heart pine wood floors and the exposed hand hewn logs. There’s a cozy sitting area at the bottom of the stairs that leads to the second story of the home where you can access the balcony that overlooks the beautifully manicured front lawn of the property. There are 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 full baths, 3 living/sitting areas, a formal dining room and kitchen in the main house. As a bonus, there’s a guest house that has 2 bedrooms with a full bath and a sitting area. As if the house didn’t have enough stories, the owner discovered that the walls in the bathroom were covered in newspapers and the words faded onto the wood. She preserved these walls, so there will always be reading material available. The guest house could be perfect for a mother n law suite(depending on your idea of perfect) or a bed & breakfast. This home can be as large or as small as you need it. Whether you are looking for a place to retire to, a place to raise a family or even a place to start a small business, the possibilities for this property are endless. “The Gowan House” is tucked away in its small community of Thomastown but is only 14 miles from Carthage, 16 miles from Kosciusko and 30 miles from Canton. Contact your realtor to make an appointment to see this one of a kind home today.


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