Bank expected to take over historic Monmouth house

Historic Natchez Foundation Executive Director Mimi Miller said Monmouth is one of only 10 houses in Natchez that are national historic landmarks, which she said is more significant than just being listed on National Register of Historic Places.

“National historic landmarks are nationally significant historical properties,” she said. “National registry properties have local or state significance.”

Miller said Monmouth is nationally significant because of its association with its more prominent occupant, John A. Quitman. Quitman was a hero in the Mexican-American War, governor of Mississippi and a United States congressman.

Miller said Monmouth also has a significant collection of 19th-century furnishings, some of which belonged to the Quitman family.

Ron and Lani Richeses have owned Monmouth for about 35 years. Miller said Ron Riches ensured the preservation of the property when he had it designated a Mississippi landmark in 1986.

Miller said she is not concerned about the preservation of the house because the Mississippi Department of Archives History must approve any changes to properties or houses associated with any state landmark.

Miller said the Richeses have been an asset to the Natchez community as the owners of Monmouth, and she said she hopes they will remain part-time residents.

Reuther said he believes the Riches did a great job at Monmouth.

“Everything they have done has complemented the city of Natchez, and the bank would like to maintain that by keeping it open,” he said.

Once the foreclosure is final, Reuther said he should know whether his company will take over the property. The company also manages the Natchez Grand Hotel and the Natchez Convention Center though a contract with the city.

Reuther said his company has also met with the staff of Monmouth and is hoping to keep all of the employees.

When asked Monday about leaving Monmouth, Lani Riches said she would talk further about the matter at a later date.