Devereaux Shields House

Escape to quiet times, style, comfort and history at the Devereaux Shields House, a historic Queen Anne Victorian Natchez Bed and Breakfast conveniently located in the historic district and listed on the National Historic Register for significant homes.

Step into the past and experience our True Southern Hospitality in one of our 6 guest rooms. Our Bed and Breakfast lodging includes two 2-room suites in the elegant 1893 Queen Ann Victorian main house and 4 rooms in the charming 1873 Victorian Aunt Clara's Cottage only a few steps away. All of our rooms have private baths, and are designed with your comfort in mind. We pride ourselves on providing guests peaceful, clean, comfortable, luxurious yet practical accommodations at competitive prices in an upscale and historically enriching environment.

We are only a few blocks from downtown historic Natchez, MS activities, unique shops, savory eateries, and the 200-foot-high Natchez Bluffs, which offer a stunning view of the Mississippi River. Join us for a romantic getaway in Mississippi you are not soon to forget.

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Latitude: 31.564495 Longitude: -91.395896 Elevation: 236 ft
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Ronald Fry

Bed and Breakfast Style

Our Bed & Breakfast in Natchez consists of two historic Victorian properties, both of which include wonderful fan-cooled southern porches and carefully manicured four-season gardens of crape myrtles, camellias and beautiful flowers for guests to enjoy. Common spaces include historic parlors and guest lounges in both homes.

We chose to honor the the first owners of city record (1893) of this property by naming our Bed & Breakfast after Lt. Colonel and Ms. Devereaux Shields. Lt. Colonel Shields served as deputy commander of the 2nd Regiment of the Mississippi Volunteer Infantry in response to President Theodore Roosevelt's call for action upon the explosion of the battleship Maine. He became a veteran and hero for his exploits, also serving as a Captain with the U.S. Army, 29th Volunteer Infantry in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War in the late 19th Century. He remained engaged in combat operations in the Philippines until wounded, after which he returned to his wife in Natchez in December 1900.

The Theodore Crothers family owned the home from the late 1890s-1949, while the David Junkin family owned the home from 1949-1995. James Pippin restored the home to its early elegance from 1995-2004. The home stands across the street from Chatawa Cottage, built in 1900 by John Periander Walworth and his wife Marion Alice (Lela) Gordon, and the Walworth family home, The Burn, built in 1836 by John's grandfather. Our 1873 Aunt Clara's Cottage was historically part of The Burn antebellum property with Clara and many of the room names derived from the Walworth family names or holdings.

The current owners of the Devereaux Shields House and Aunt Clara's Cottage, Ronald and Eleanor Fry, are continuing loving renovation and owner-operated Bed and Breakfast activities. We hosted a rewarding Crothers Family Reunion on October 13, 2012 with members attending from around the country.

Breakfast Style Served

Full and Hearty Breakfast

Range of Rates

Open year-round

Direct Link to Reservation Site

$129 - $189

Eco-Friendly Notes

  • Support recently initiated waste recycle program in Natchez, MS.
  • Kitchen waste recycle activities
  • Internal energy and water tracking
  • Towel reuse program & staff training
  • Linen reuse & staff training
  • Garden drip watering to conserve water usage while providing good garden guest experience
  • LED & CFL lighting in use
  • Inform guests of property green practices
  • Room rheostat lighting available
  • Upscale energy credit appliances incorporated in ongoing replacement program
  • Interior storm windows incorporated for thermal savings in ongoing replacement program
  • Thermostat settings to encourage guest comfort while minimizing energy usage
  • Room ceiling fans to contribute to minimizing HVAC energy usage
  • Exterior daylight sensors for guest security and comfort

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Ronald & Eleanor Fry are owners and innkeepers who operate the Devereaux Shields House and provide their unique brand of a carefully designed total guest experience for visitors to Historic Natchez, Mississippi.

Accessibility Notes

Devereaux Shields House is not handicap accessible, while Aunt Clara's Cottage is only a few steps up to a single-level access to southern porch, guest rooms, dining & breakfast room and guest lounge.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets (no size limit) accompanying guests are welcome in Aunt Clara's Cottage Rooms. Pet carriers, no pets on furniture and no obnixous barking or disturbances are expected. A $25 pet fee is required per stay.

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