The Creole cottage at 239 East Second St. is not one of the antebellum splendors that made Pass Christian an architectural wonder, but its role as one of the charming homes that created an interesting mix of people and places is obvious.|
Amanda and Darryl Breckenridge agreed to open their house for the 2002 Spring Pilgrimage because they loved their cottage nestled on a woodsy acre, replete with wildflowers, persimmon trees and wild critters - owls, bunnies, 'possums.
When the Breckenridges bought it eight years ago, they heard it likely began as a two-room cottage in the late 1850s and was later enlarged, including by the Scoper family who had a son in the state Senate and who moved there in 1941.
The house, whatever its history, was well built and didn't fall apart when 11 feet of Katrina surge flooded to the inside crown moulding and swept it off its foundation. The attic, miraculously, stayed dry.
"It was like a little ark that floated about 40 feet to the north before it was stopped by a tree," said Darryl Breckenridge, a bank officer. "It rested on an uneven surface that punched holes in the floor, and the water and mud came in.
"The front part could possibly be put together on piers, but we don't know. Engineers haven't seen it yet."
The Breckenridges are like thousands of others with uncertainties.
"But we're not getting rid of that property anytime soon," Amanda Breckenridge said. "We've still got the persimmons and my Blood Lily has bloomed. We've seen raccoon tracks, so that's a hopeful sign. There is some rebirth happening."
- KAT BERGERON