Our History

Built around 1820, this building was a meeting place for Choctaw Chief Greenwood LeFlore and his chiefs during tribal negotiations. The cabin is a picturesque piece of the past, with white oak logs from the property of George Ritchey near Carrollton, Mississippi, hewn to fit with broadax and adze. You can see the ax and adze marks to this day.


The cottage was restored as a Bicentennial project of staff and students, and now serves as a charming eatery for travelers and locals on the Natchez Trace. The Council House Café is owned and operated by French Camp Academy and provides valuable training opportunities for our students. Profits are used to fund scholarships to French Camp for deserving young people.


Enjoy the rustic dining area or take in the view from the deck or the lawn, under majestic oaks. Try one of our sizable sandwiches, flavorful soups or fresh salads. All our bread is made right here at French Camp. Don’t forget to top off your meal with either our famous Mississippi Mud Cake or bread pudding. Scroll down for a complete Council House Café menu.


Open Monday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Join us for our monthly Steak Nights on the second Friday of each month.

We accept cash, check and all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. When you’ve finished your meal at the Council House Café, a short walk will take you to the last point in the Historic District, the Log Cabin Gift Shop, to pay for your meal.


Take-out orders may be called in at 662.547.9860. Those placing more than ten orders are encouraged to call a day in advance.


Tour buses welcomed!