Pleasantview Plantation is located in Money, Mississippi about 10 miles north of Greenwood. Helen Fox Kearney, Whitney's great-great-grandmother, purchased the first 200 acres on March 23, 1884. These 200 acres include the location of the family home which was built around 1900.
Helen's sons started farming under the name Kearney Brothers Planting Company. It wasn't until Edgar Neverson Kearney, one of the sons, married Mary Helen Russell that the name was changed to Pleasantview Plantation. When deciding where to build the home, Mary Helen stated, “What a pleasant view!”
Pleasantview Plantation was completely self-sufficient, with a full working cotton gin, commissary, shop, and lumber mill (all which are still standing today). All of the buildings, including the family home, were built from wood that was cut from trees on the property.
Unfortunately, like other plantations located in the Mississippi Delta, Pleasantview is slowly deteriorating at the hands of Mother Nature. By using Pleasantview Plantation as inspiration, Whitney hopes to continue the legacy of her family through her artwork.