Clermont Bluffs Bed and Breakfast claims over an acre and a half in a lovely, natural setting with a bluff view of the Mississippi River. But beyond the quintessential southern greenery of sprawling live oaks, productive pecan trees, giant Azaleas, and perfect fruit trees, is the soil that hold rich history of Clermont Bluffs. History buffs have a variety of eras with which they may feed their imagination, all while relaxing on our oversized, wrap-around porch.
The view from the bluffs overlooks not only the mighty Mississippi, but you also see the bottomlands, a network of deep crevasses where pre-europeans encamped on the riverbanks, fishing and hunting. Eventually Natchezians would refer to this spot as “The Devils Punchbowl,” a name borrowed by Natchez’s enormously successful author Greg Isles, for this thrilling novel. Legend and history are interwoven in the Devil’s Punchbowl. Jean Lafitte, the wily pirate and hero to early Americans due to his aid to Andrew Jackson in defending New Orleans, is rumored to have used the Punchbowl as a repository for his treasures. A more sinister story is set in what Americans refer to as the Reconstruction era, and involves the forced encampment of newly freed slaves in the Punchbowl. The freed people had little resources and zero assistance as they struggled to find a place after the war. Many people are said to have met their end via disease and deprivation as they were held (imprisoned) in camps enclosed by the steep bluffs and unforgiving river. (Seek out more information at Natchez’s Museum of African American History and Culture. )