The most significant Antebellum house on Pass Christian’s western beachfront could belong to a new owner in the new year. The Historic Blue Rose Mansion, with sweeping coastal views and decorated with unique Ameri­can and European furnishings, is one of the most known land­marks in Pass Christian. The cottage originates from 1848 and was built by the Hugh Fitzpatrick family. Located at 120 West Scenic Drive, the Blue Rose has currently been serving as the premier wed­ding venue of west Harrison County. Hundreds of people have celebrated many life events at the Antebellum man­sion.

Owners Phil LaGrange and Herb Pursley say the property was nearly destroyed during Hurricane Katrina and the two spent years painstakingly ren­ovated it. LaGrange says that a lot of time, money and heart were invested and he would like to bequeath (in sale) the house to someone who cares about the Blue Rose just as much.

“I am looking for someone to take it over,” says co-owner Phil LaGrange adding, “they would have to take it over in its state as a wedding venue. We are looking for somebody to take over the wedding busi­ness. It has been available for sale for years to the right buy­er.”

LaGrange is selling his por­tion of the estate stating age and illness as a factor. “I am 77 years old. It’s time for me to turn it over to somebody that is younger who can operate this.”

Pursley will still operate the mansion and wedding busi­ness until arrangements have been made. The Blue Rose will also be operating as an inn the beginning of the new year and will be available to the public for check in.

The man­sion is said to have paranor­mal activity and has attracted attention and interest in those wanting an overnight thrill. Prior and current owners have reported their own personal experiences with the legend­ary ghost activity.

As the sto­ry goes, a young girl named Letty still has presence in the mansion. The youngest of 6 siblings, Letty was born with severe mental disability. She was prevented from playing outside because her parents did not want the townsfolk to know of her severe mental disabilities. She died during the Yellow Fever epidemic at the age of 13. Since the young girl never left the home, it has been said that she now roams throughout the estate causing strange happenings.

Story by Shannon Davidson