Location Information
(for the Billups Plantation Commissary)
Name:Billups Plantation Commissary [Heathman Commissary]
Address:Heathman community
City/County:Indianola vic., Sunflower County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1911
No. of Stories:2
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:14 Nov 2012
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Context/Comments
The Heathman Plantation Commissary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A for association with Agriculture, Commerce, Health/Medicine, Ethnic Heritage: Black and Politics/Government. The commissary is a well preserved example of a Mississippi Delta cotton plantation commissary which supported the widespread practice of sharecropping in the first half of the 20th century. The building also housed a rural post office and voting precinct. The Heathman Plantation Commissary remains one of the state’s finest examples of a New South era plantation commissary. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History historic resource inventory files contain thirty-three known or attributed commissary buildings, with the vast majority located in Mississippi Delta counties. Many of these buildings are simple frame structures with gable roofs built between c.1900 and the 1920s. The Heathman Plantation Commissary, built in 1911, is two-story building of constructed of masonry materials.