PLUTO — It’s not often that a writer’s best-selling book is about the house he’s writing it from, but then again there aren’t many places like Pluto, Mississippi, or the 100-year old farmhouse from which Richard Grant penned his New York Times best-selling narrative, “Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta.”
As a result, there has been a lot of interest and intrigue in the farmhouse, Pluto and the Delta from people across the country.
“People who’ve read the book or heard people talking about it have been calling for two years asking if they could come see the farmhouse or host an event there, so we decided to rent it out on a weekend-type basis” said Monica Peaster, who with her husband, Jamie, purchased the farmhouse from Richard Grant.
Described in “Dispatches From Pluto” as a stately farmhouse standing in a grove of huge trees with a seven-columned front porch that overlooks a lawn, ponds and a flower garden, the house has wooden floors, three large bedrooms, three bathrooms and, in Grant’s words, “sturdy old-fashioned elegance.”
“We have tried to maintain the integrity of the original architecture. One of the features our family enjoys the most is the outdoor living space. The Farmhouse has both a large front porch and a back deck with wraparound seating,” said Peaster. “It’s a great place to have a peaceful, remote, getaway weekend in the country,” she added.
While it is tempting to think of it as a bed and breakfast, it’s not. Instead, The Farmhouse in Pluto will operate similar to a condominium or hotel.
Richard Grant visit
The Farmhouse will host “Dispatches from Pluto” author Richard Grant from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 12 for a reading, a Q&A, light refreshments and a tour of the house. Tickets are available at plutofarmhouse.com.
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