Buyer sought for Cedar Grove

Published 9:48 am Friday, September 4, 2015

For sale: 14-bedroom house with cottages, carriage house, chapel on about 5 acres of land just south of downtown Vicksburg. Price: $1,900,000.

Sotheby’s, the international auction and real estate broker, is looking for someone interested in buying Cedar Grove, the Greek Revival mansion built before the Civil War that has been a city landmark and has served as a bed and breakfast since 1982. So far, a Sotheby’s representative said, the bed and breakfast on Oak Street has had lookers, but no takers in the almost four years it’s been on the market.

“We’ve had several people look, but none developed into prospects,” said Sotheby representative Ernesto Calderia. “A lot of people dream about owning a property like that.

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“Properties like that don’t sell very quickly,” he said, adding the Henry Howard House, a 19-room hotel near the New Orleans Garden District that was listed for more than five years, was recently sold.

“We were surprised it stayed on the market that long,” he said. “When it sold, it was sold for almost the asking price, so it wasn’t anything except the right person hadn’t come along.”

Cedar Grove, he said, “is a big property and it’s a beautiful property, but it’s a lot to maintain, a lot to run, and the right person hasn’t come along.”

Attempts to contact Gary Small with GPS Investments LLC of Natchez, the present owner of Cedar Grove, were unsuccessful.

Cedar Grove’s history goes back to the mid-1800s.

Planter and businessman John Alexander Klein began building Cedar Grove in 1840 and completed it in 1852.

During the Civil War, the home took a cannon ball that is still lodged in the parlor wall, and the building had been used as a Union hospital.

The mansion was saved from the wrecking ball in 1960 by the Vicksburg Little Theatre, which used it as a theater for plays until 1981, when the Parkside Playhouse on Iowa Street was built. Cedar Grove was sold to Herbert and Terry Kinsman in 1981, and began serving as a bed and breakfast in 1982.

Cedar Grove was later sold to Ted Mackey, president of Cedar Grove Inc.

Mackey sold Cedar Grove in 2003 to GPS Investments.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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