This property has the highest elevation on the Mississippi River in Tunica County on the wet side of the levee. This is where the war canoes of the native Indians, the Tunica and the Choctaw, would land after a night’s patrol of the river.
My uncle Bob found a sterling silver brace & bit one day digging for Indian relics on the property. It was marked CHD and the family has always treasured this find. It is now with a traveling exhibit in Brazil this month. However, it will be back come May for the annual Discovery Gala event.
This is when my Cousin Prudence rides the boundaries of Bordeaux Plantation on Ole Paint and makes the annual watering off the bank of the river, Ole Paint wearing the famous Silver Bridal.
This is soon followed by the annual Turnip Green Festival. Turnip greens were the first meal DeSoto and his troops had, breaking bread with the native Indians.
Greens are always accompanied with “Hocake’s” – pronounced (WO Kake) – which is fried maize batter in lard, thicker than pancake batter, almost a soupy hush-puppy batter with salt and hot water and served with a slice of ‘mator. And it’s always a good time had by all.
History given by cousin Tait Tate, of Hollywood, Mississippi.