An Introduction From Your Hosts

Byron and I are originally from Chalmette, La. We lived in Meraux, La. for 20 years until August 29th, 2005. After hurricane Katrina, we moved to Natchez. We had dreamed of opening our own inn for many years. Our dream came true in March 2008, when we officially opened Bisland House Bed and Breakfast for guests.

Christine is the current President of the Natchez Bed and Breakfast Association as well as a member of the Mississippi Bed and Breakfast Association. Byron still works outside of the B&B as a Diesel Technician with Puckett Machinery. We have 3 grown daughters, 3 son-in-laws, and 4 grandchildren; our children and grandchildren are the joy of our lives.

Our Mississippi bed and breakfast is open full-time for guests. We provide a clean, comfortable stay in our historic home with a big helping of southern hospitality. Bisland House Bed and Breakfast is motorcycle friendly and family friendly. All are welcome and Byron and I hope you leave as friends.

We look forward to meeting new friends and having old friends visit! We have enjoyed visiting with our guests from all parts of the US, Europe, Australia, Canada and other parts of the world. Reservations can be made securely through our website by clicking the reservation link. You may email us if you have any questions. Feel free to read our reviews on Trip Advisor – we are very proud of them.

Come stay with us at Bisland House Bed and Breakfast in Natchez, Mississippi and let us make your visit extra special!

Hope to see you soon,

Christine & Byron Tims

History of Bisland House (Circa 1904)

Bisland House was originally built sometime during 1903 -1904 for Hulda Rawle Bisland and her husband Douglas Starke Bisland. Hulda was the granddaughter of Frederic Stanton of Stanton Hall. It is believed that Hulda was born at Stanton Hall; her bedroom furniture is on display there. In 1896, she married Douglas Starke Bisland. They had 3 daughters: Anna, Elizabeth (“Tibbie”), and Hulda. Starke Bisland was killed in a hunting accident in 1908 when his gun discharged as he went through a wire fence; their daughter, Hulda, died at age 17. Records show that Hulda lived here with her children and her mother-in-law until sometime after 1912. Census records show that she was living in New Orleans in a boarding house at the time of her death in 1920. All family members are buried in Natchez Cemetery.

From 1946 to 1979, Bisland House was a boarding house operated by Ms. Grace Livingston. Ms. Livingston was a teacher at the school which is now named after Margaret Martin, her next-door neighbor. Recently, we actually met a couple who were both tenants of the boarding house and have now been married for over 60 years.

In 1979, the home was purchased by the Costa’s, who did some major renovations due to the condition of the home at that time. Byron and I purchased Bisland House in 2004 and made further repairs and renovations, restoring it to the beautiful condition that you will find it in today.

Historic photo 2 Hulda and Tibbie

Hulda and Tibbie as a baby

Historic photos 1 horizontalBisland House Early 1900's

Bisland House, early 1900’s