Mont Helena is a Colonial revival style home built atop a ceremonial Indian mound in the Mississippi Delta. In 1896, Helen Johnstone Harris and her husband, George Harris built their “retirement” house on land that Helen had inherited. When the home was completed, the Harrises had their furnishings brought by rail from their previous home in Madison, MS. Fortunately those items were still on the train when fire completely destroyed the new house. Undaunted, Helen and George began rebuilding.
The house was designed by George Barber, an architect, most famous for his Queen Anne Victorian style house plans. During its early years, Mont Helena was one of the premier homes of the Delta.