Forest Couple Visit Antiques Dealer Natchez – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
Michael and Robin Autry browsed the Franklin Street Relics antiques on Franklin Street, near where the Dart landed on Friday morning.
Yesterday Michael said they visited the store but ran out of time and decided to come back this morning. He was born in Ripley and raised in Forest where he currently lives with his wife.
They were on a day trip to Natchez, he said. Her son-in-law and daughter recently stayed at an Airbnb.
“So we decided to come and check it out. We stayed in a house called Devereaux Shields House, ”Autry said. “Yesterday evening, we ate at Roux 61, and I had the Lebeaux Catfish. That was delicious.”
Horse-drawn carriage rides were not an option due to the heat. Instead, the couple toured Natchez in an air-conditioned van. Rev’s Country Tour took them on a citywide adventure.
Indian Mounds, Forks in the Road, Rosalie and Stanton Hall were stops on the tour. Every stop on the tour was “entertaining and historic,” he said. Robin said she liked to see all the beautiful pre-war houses.
She has just retired as a nurse in St. Dominic, and Michael has stated that he would like to retire from his job at Unipres USA – a level 1 manufacturing for Nissan – soon. They both work on an old house in Scott County.
“We have a century-old house 15 miles outside of Forest. It’s near my parents’ place. We wanted to be close at that time, ”he said. “We live there more. It is an ongoing process of repair. It is literally an old farm. With a wooden frame and wooden walls. We try to keep the old look of the farm.
The house has a few acres of land and is close to public hunting grounds. It also has enough room for the couple to cultivate a garden.
They stumbled across the one-story, white-wood house nearly a century, through its parents about four years ago.
“An elderly woman lived there and her parents built the house. My parents took care of the wife. When she turned 100, she entered a retirement home. I bought her the house at a reasonable price to give her money for a private retirement home.
“The house is 15 minutes from the city, but it is on a dirt road,” he said. “We can sit on the porch in a sun rocking chair at sunset and see maybe 4 cars.”