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Buena Vista Plantation

Page history last edited by Andy McMillion 14 years, 3 months ago



Jefferson Co., MS. This plantation was on Southside/Ashland Road. It was ten miles below Rodney, MS along the MS River. The plantation is shown as "Gen. Zachary Taylor" on the map at the following link. http://usgwarchives.org/maps/louisiana/parishmap/tensaslatourette1853.jpg Note that the author of the map didn't even bother to put Buena Vista Island which was in the MS River at this plantation site.



Buena Vista was a 2,000 acre plantation at land coordinates T10N-R2W, sections 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. The land in this area is shown in the original survey at the General Land Office records at the Bureau of Land Management website. Section 14 is the land that became Ashland Plantation MS (which adjoined Buena Vista), and section 24 out in the River became Servis Island Plantation. The link to the map is: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/SurveySearch/Survey_Detail.asp?dmid=74311&Index=1&QryID=1745%2E244&DetailTab=3


A small island known as Buena Vista Island ran along beside Buena Vista Plantation in the MS River. It was not shown on most of the old maps. In Antebellum times it was just a small uncultivated wooded island. The small waterway that flowed between Buena Vista Island and Buena Vista Plantation was known as Gillum's Shute. Boats went through the shute to cut several miles from their trips along the MS River. A well known boat landing developed known as Buena Vista Landing at this plantation because of Gillum Shute. A map showing Buena Vista Landing as a red marker is at the following website. http://www.clocations.com/cviewmap.aspx?list=caty&state=MS&caty=Locale&lid=904254


Buena Vista was a 2,000 acre plantation at land coordinates T10N-R2W, sections 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. On modern maps such as the one at the following website the MS River has shifted to the west of where it was in Antebellum times, making Buena Vista Island much larger than the small uncultivated wooded island it was before the Civil War. The land can be found at the MS Dept. of Transportation's county highway maps at: www.gomdot.com or more specifically at: http://www.gomdot.com/Divisions/IntermodalPlanning/Resources/Maps/pdf/CountyHighwayMaps/Jefferson.pdf


Date Constructed/ Founded

not determined

Associated Surnames

Hunt, Taylor, New

Historical notes


The following link has a lot of information about Buena Vista (also known as Cypress Grove) http://jeffersoncountyms.org/cypressgrove.htm


The part of Hunt's land that became part of Buena Vista Plantation was sold to John Hagan in 1840. Hagan combined it with the land of others to form Cypress Grove Plantation which was then sold to U.S. President Zachary Taylor in 1840. Taylor changed the plantation's name to Buena Vista. Taylor's widow sold Buena Vista Plantation to Charles B. New in 1850.


More research is needed on the following.  It appears that General Taylor and confederate president Jefferson Davis fought together at a place called Buena Vista in Mexico when the U.S. and Mexico were at war over the U.S. annexation of Texas.  Davis may have later married one of Taylor's daughters.


Associated Slave Workplaces

  • prior to 1840 a lot of this plantation land belonged to David Hunt (Hunt lived nearby on Woodlawn Plantation MS)
  • briefly around 1840 John Hagan owned the plantation when he bought David Hunt and others land to consolidate and sell as a 2,000 acre plantation to Zachary Taylor
  • 1840 - 1850 the plantation belonged to U.S. President Zachary Taylor
  • 1850 to the Civil War and beyond the plantation belonged to Charles B. New.

Associated Free Persons

  • none recorded yet

Associated Enslaved Persons

  • the plantation had 86 slaves and was known as [Cypress Grove} when General Zachary Taylor purchased it. Taylor later changed the plantation's name to Buena Vista.

Research Leads and Plantation Records

  • none reported yet

Miscellaneous Information

  • none


*Plantations of David Hunt, by Andy McMillon. http://jeffersoncountyms.org/davidhunt.htm

*The Hunt Family of Jefferson County, by Andy McMillion. http://jeffersoncountyms.org/hunt_family.htm

  • Marie T. Logan, Mississippi - Louisiana Border Country: A History of Rodney, Miss., St. Joseph, La., and Environs , Claitor's Publishing Division, Baton Rouge, 1970

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