My brother and I spent the better part of the afternoon at the tiny town of
which is one of the many historical sites along the
Trace. The little town is located French Camp 82 miles south of . While there we drove through the campus of Tupelo
Mississippi , which is actually a French Camp Academy for
trouble children. The School has made a tremendous difference in so many
children’s lives over the years. The following projects are some of the astounding
accomplishments that the children have completed while attending the school. Christian Boarding
This is one of the many dwellings that was moved from old homesteads throughout the area and reconstructed by the students at the school. Every board and log were moved and mark to duplicate the original dwelling. Even the original square head nails were used to complete the dwellings. This house at the entrance of the "Walking Museum" which is really what this is; is the welcome center with a gift shop which was a bedroom in this house and to the right across the hall is another bedroom.
Another view of the welcome center with a walkway constructed by the students, which is leading you to the Cafe
This building is the cafe where they served some of the best bread pudding I have ever eat. The sandwiches were outstanding as well. They also make all their breads in the cafe which is sold in the gift shop. This exact spot was where the Choctaw Indians had there council dwellings. The Choctaws lived in this area.Colonel James Drane house began in 1846 using a water powered saw. This man was a prominent citizen back the early 1800's in the French Camp area. The foundation and framing of the house are secured with wooden pegs and the ceiling with squared nails. Moved to this location in 1981, the house is now owned and operated by the French Camp Academy. This was the finest house in the area during that period. The house is listed on the National Registry of Historic Homes in the United States. The following is a description of the inside--- There were four principal rooms downstairs, two on each side of a large central hallway, faced with huge double doors but open at the back. The fireplaces in the two front rooms had matched mahogany mantels. A curved stairway led from the left rear of the hallway to three bedrooms on the seconds floor, two large wing rooms with three front windows each, connected by a small hall at the middle front window, opposite which was a small central room with single window opening on the back of the house. The house is fully furnished with period furniture.
The original old French Camp Post Office 1848.
One of the scenic water falls that are found on the Parkway.