Blue Mountain Home was built by Frederic
Brougher, a pioneer of Tippah county, a native of North Carolina. He came
with his wife and seven children to Mississippi in 1836 and bought a large
tract of land; pitched tents to shelter his family while the home
was building. Before the first stick of timber had been cut Mr. Brougher
was stricken with fever and was ill for weeks. They had no neighbors, were
surrounded by Indians; and no physician within reach. Mrs. Brougher
sought and found medicine for her sick husband in the herbs that grew on
the mountain side, she provided food for her family with the aid of her
As soon as Mr. Broughet recovered he began
the erection of a double log cabin two stories in height. This was their
home for seven years. In this home was born Charles Brougher, who
afterward became Secretary of State.
In 1841 a more commodious dwelling was
planned. The lumber for this building was all sawed with a “whip saw” as
there were no saw mills in the country; the bricks were also made
at home. The house was two and a half stories high. Broad verandas
extended the length of the house on the second and third floors, the lower
veranda was approached by a broad flight of steps from the beautiful grounds
in front of the home. The building of a large house in those days was not
a holiday job; for every stick of timber was handcut and handdressed, and
window sashes, doors and outside blinds, were also made by hand.
The family were settled in the new home
in the fall of 1843, ‘tho it was not finished until the summer of 1844.
The “house warming” was the wedding of the oldest daughter. In the years
that followed the occupation of the new home, it was the center of lavish
hospitality characteristic of the homes of the old South. Large parties
of young people from Ripley, six miles away, would often drive out in the
early morning to drink from the famous spring that flows from the foot
of the mountain. Many were the “house parties” entertained in this
lovely home with its crowd of merry boys and girls.
Three sons of the home took up arms in
defense of the “Lost cause.” Only one returned; the other two gave
their lives to their country, and sleep in a distant State. The father,
Frederic Brougher, was Senator from Tippah in 1842, 1843 and 1844.
The mountain near which this home was built
is covered with a growth of short leaf pine and at a distance, and in the
morning light, has a blue appearance, hence the name “Blue Mountain.”