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Welcome to the Cartney-Hunt House

This Federal-style house was built in 1828 only seven years after Columbus was incorporated in 1821. The builder of the house, Mr. James M. Cartney, acquired the tract of land that the house is located on April 10, 1824. Mr. Cartney conveyed the property to Henry W. Hunt sometime before June 20, 1836. Let’s think back to the time when the house was built. Columbus was not much more than a village and most of the houses in town were log cabins. Columbus was easily accessible by steamboat via the Tombigbee River and by the U. S. Government’s Military Road that stretched from Nashville to New Orleans through Columbus. The population did not increase rapidly, however, until the early 1830’s when the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians ceded their land to the U. S. Government. Then, many families flocked from the East to buy the good prairie soil for about $2.00 an acre. The original house was two stories tall and two rooms deep, but only one room wide. The house was heated by a central hexagonal chimney with fireplaces in each room. The transomed door frame survives from this early period, which reflects simple Federal detailing. This late Federal style is very unusual for this part of the country. It is one of the few in the area, and is the oldest brick house in North Mississippi. The Cartney-Hunt House was restored by a local attorney, Mr. Hunter Gholson, in 1983 to be used as a bed and breakfast. The current owners, are Marleen and Vagn Hansen.

Sitting Room

Guests are welcomed to the Cartney-Hunt House in the original reception room, ca, 1828, where they can enjoy visiting and relaxing with refreshments from the butler’s pantry.

Dining Room

Guests enjoy a customized breakfast made for them by the innkeeper. With a seating capacity of twelve and a service bar connecting it to the kitchen, the Dining Room also lends itself to catered events.

Second Floor Master

This is one of the original bedrooms built in 1828, indicated by the three-sided outline of the central chimney in the original wood floors. Furnished with 18th century reproductions, including a four-poster bed with handmade canopy, the room can accommodate a third person (for an additional charge). There is a full bath with dressing area. A comfortable reading / TV chair, loveseat, and robes are additional amenities.

First Floor

One of two rooms in the 1846 addition, this room features the brick exterior wall of the 1828 house with original “penciling” (white paint on the mortar between the bricks). The 1846 mantel is crafted in simple Federal style. The spinning wheel would have very likely been a part of a bedroom décor of the 1880’s. The room features 19th century handmade furniture and pottery from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. There is a full bath with dressing area. A comfortable reading/TV chair and robes are additional amenities.

Second Floor

This bedroom, with its Federal-styled mantel, and the first floor bedroom were added in 1846. Furnishings, including the walnut carved high-back bed, are “country Victorian” and come from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. An old mantel clock from Connecticut and other accessories from the owner’s family are featured in the room. There is a private shower bath adjacent to this room. A comfortable reading/TV chair and robes are additional amenities.

Detailed list of amenities

  • Flat screen TV’s
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Robes
  • Complimentary Beverages
  • Hair Dryers
  • Irons and ironing boards