About The Orchid Bed & Breakfast
The Orchid Bed & Breakfast is the premier Black- and Veteran-owned bed and breakfast in Mississippi’s capital city, located at the site of the historic Millsaps Buie House. With 11 meticulously appointed sleeping rooms, two flexible indoor event spaces, and two verdant outdoor spaces, The Orchid is an ideal location relaxation, celebration, and everything in between.
Jason and Katrice Thompson purchased the property in 2019, and after more than two years of renovation and restoration, opened The Orchid in July 2023.
Katrice was born in Jackson and grew up in the Woodhaven neighborhood, about 11 miles from the property. Her family was one of the first Black families to move into Woodhaven.
Ten of our rooms are named after matriarchs in our families, and Lily, the eleventh room, is dedicated to all of the other Black women—known and unknown—who have made a significant impact on our lives, our communities, and our great state. We have five king rooms (with one king suite), six queen rooms, and one double full room.
The History of the Home
Built in 1888, the Millsaps Buie House, now The Orchid Bed and Breakfast, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original structure was a two-story wood-frame Queen Anne house to which a Neoclassical portico was added around 1928.
It was built for Webster Millsaps, the founder of Millsaps College, who served as a major in the Confederate army. Records indicate Millsaps’ family owned people who were enslaved in Copiah County, which happens to be the site of one of Mississippi’s most substantial slave markets and where Jason grew up.