No Mistake Plantation

South of Satartia on Hwy. 3

No Mistake Plantation, originally a 10,000 acre cotton plantation near Satartia, was established in 1833 by James and Nathaniel Dick, wealthy and prominent New Orleans merchants.  James Dick wrote his brother Nathaniel about the land, and his brother advised that “we would make no mistake buying that land.”  John Monroe Dick acted as the overseer of the plantation before the Civil War.  This house was originally the overseer’s home and is a one-and-a-half story cottage with a sloping dormered roof supported by eight columns on the broad veranda.  After becoming manager of the farm, Francis Pleasant Smith purchased the property from the earlier owners in 1888.  Later this farm, under the ownership of William Henry (Billy) Smith and later his wife, Ethel Barfield Smith, became known for its beautiful gardens.

In the 1990s, No Mistake Plantation became a bed and breakfast establishment, and for several years was the home of Emmaus Retreat Center, with several added cottages and a Celtic chapel on the hill close to where the original plantation home is thought to have stood.  Together the properties played host to retreats, conferences, prayer ministry, events, weddings and more.  The property is currently for sale and not open to the public.



  1. Contrary to what you have published here, this was not originally the Smith plantation. A 10,000 acre cotton plantation, it was established, named and owned by two extremely wealthy and prominent New Orleans merchants, James and Nathaniel Dick. The brothers were originally from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

    My great-grandfather, Dr. John Monroe Dick, was their nephew and acted as the overseer of the plantation before the Civil War. My great-grandparents’ first children were born in the overseer’s cottage. This building, originally a simple 1-1/2 story frame home with an enclosed screen porch across the front, was extensively remodeled in the 1900’s by the Smiths to resemble a planter’s home. My great-aunt, Amanda Dick Parker, stated in her papers that the “big house” was burned during the war.

    It was named “No Mistake” due to the correspondence between James and Nathaniel Dick due to their discussion over the purchase of this property. It remained in the Dick family until the late 1800’s and was last occupied by James and Nathaniel’s niece, Susan Dick Partee and her husband before being sold.

    Upon the elder Dicks’ deaths, the plantation was willed to their sister Sarah Dick Todd of Elm Springs in Maury County, TN, and her daughter, Susan. The Smiths did not acquire this property until much later. The information put out by Ethel Barfield Smith claiming it had been in the Smith family for generations was erroneous. In fact, close by is Dick Lake, named for my ancestors.

    • Thank you, Nancy, for your post. Because of your information we were able to get the description updated. Thanks again, and be sure to visit Yazoo soon. 🙂

      • This was also owned briefly by my family, Joe and Sandy Hutzler, during the early to mid 90’s. I remember running around the grounds as a child. Thi was also the site of the tragic death of my younger brother. He was killed in a traffic accident just outside the main gate entrance. Shortly thereafter, my family locked the gates to the plantation and sealed off the entrances until we later sold the property to the Emmaus Christian retreat center. I am willing to share any information I can about this place.

  2. As a child growing up I was always told it was haunted is that so

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