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Selsertown

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 (now extinct)

 

Selsertown was the second stop on the original Natchez Trace. It was located on the Adams-Jefferson county line, about 1 mile from Emerald Mound which was known then as Selsertown Mound. On the Original Natchez Trace, there was a law that every 6 miles or so there must be an inn or tavern built. Prices charged were regulated by law and tavern keepers were under bond. George Selser established an inn there which was later in the possession of John McCullum. The inn was operated there from 1800 until it was burned to the ground during the Civil War. Nothing remains today of what was once a thriving village.
 


According to Dunbar Rowland LL D's MISSISSIPPI, Vol II L-Z
Selsertown. an extinct settlement in Jefferson county, which was situated in the extreme southern limits of the county, about six miles from the old town of Washington in Adams County.  The old George Selser kept an inn there and gave the settlement its name. We are told that the last owner of the old inn was one John McCollum, who proclaimed his nationality by the sign in front of the stables, "Intertainment for Man and Baste".   Not long after the War between the States, the old house and stables were burned. In the vicinity of the old settlement was a large Indian Mound which was investigated in 1838 by a party of scholars from Natchez. (Emerald Mound)

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