This is the wedding dress worn by a former lady of the house. With time it has mellowed to an off white hue. There is a happy story connected to this home too. A Davis grandson, George Malin Davis Kelly inherited this plantation house as well as three others in the city of Natchez in 1883. This George Kelly went to Yale, married a lady from New York and brought her down to Natchez on his lengthly honeymoon. He had never told his bride that he owned four plantation homes in Natchez so on his honeymoon he pointed out to Ethel, his bride, his four estates: Melrose, Cherokee, Choctaw and Concord. He told her to look these homes over and decide which one she would like to move into because he was leaving New York City and moving back home to run his plantations. Ethel was not too happy about this turn of events but in the end chose Melrose as her home.
The lovely blue china on display on the table is hand painted and decorated with gold. It is from the porcelain de Paris house of china in France.