Location Information
(for the "The Hermitage")
Name:"The Hermitage"
Address:1 River Road
City/County:Picayune, Pearl River County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1855
Architectural Styles(s):Eclectic/Composite
No. of Stories:1
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:07 Sep 2016
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Brief Description
One-story, frame, Colonial Revival house with a hipped roof and an inset full-width porch. Windows are full-height with working shutters. The house rests on piers, is clad with clapboards, and has an asphalt shingle roof. The house appears to have an addition on the right.
Historic Information
Leonard Kimbal constructed this house on the property he inherited from Moses Cook. The lumber used to construct this house was likely acquired from the Varnado’s water mill which was situated on Catahoula Creek northwest of Picayune. During the Reconstruction Era, Eliza Jane Poitevent Holbrook Nicholson also known as Pearl Rivers, was raised in this house. She would go on to become a poet, contributor, literary
editor, and the "first women in the United States to operate a metropolitan daily newspaper," The New Orleans Picayune (later Times-Picayune). By 1919, the house was acquired by lumber tycoon Lamont
Rowland and by 1937 it was owned by L. O. Crosby, Rowland’s business partner and significant contributor to the growth of Picayune during the early 20th century. Water powered mills were a slow method of milling lumber averaging about 1,000 boards a week; as a result it took two years to cut the lumber for The Hermitage.