Our path took us to another life experience of the Mississippi Delta as we explored the ruins of the Windsor Plantation and discovered the pottery shop of Lee and Pup McCarty in Merigold, MS.
Built by a successful cotton planter, Smith Coffee Daniell, II, in 1861, the Windsor Plantation was fashioned in the Greek Revival style on the 21,000 -acre landholdings of the Daniell family. With 23 rooms, an above-ground basement, two residential floors, and an attic, the home housed Mr. Daniell’s famiy through and after the Civil War. Ironically, Mr. Daniells himself died just a few months after the completion of the house. The house was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1890. We f/4 women spent time examining this plantation home from every possible angle.
McCarty Pottery opened in the mid-1950’s and has been a mecca in the Delta for artists and art patrons for over fifty years. Using native clays, the McCarty’s have developed an international reputation with pieces now housed in the Smithsonian Institution, the Hamelin Museum in Germany, and The UNESCO offices in Paris.
We enjoyed browsing in the store, sitting in their gardens, and lunching at their restaurant with white tablecloths, classical music, and the meal served on the McCarty’s pottery.
Our Delta experience revealed to us the economic gap between rich and poor and left us wondering about what it will take to bridge this chasm that existed in previous decades in the Delta and is apparent throughout our world today.
Contributed by Sharon Brown Christopher