Monmouth Historic Inn

Interview With Reservation Specialist Lacey Emfinger

March 25 2015 | News

Interview With Monmouth Historic Inn Reservation Specialist, Lacey Emfinger

Q:     How long have you been with Monmouth?

A:      5 years this April.          

Q:     What led you to working at Monmouth?

A:      I was working a job I hated and I had a friend who was working here and she told me to come and put my application in. I was hired on the spot.

Q:     What are the various positions you’ve held at Monmouth over the years?

A:      I was hired originally as a waitress. I’ve been Restaurant Manager on Duty and now currently the Reservation Specialist, Head of Beverage Inventory Control and Primary Tour Guide.

Q:     What’s the best part about Restaurant 1818 and what’s your favorite dish?

A:      Everything in 1818 is wonderful! My personal favorite is the “Shrimp and Grits.” No matter what I order I always save room for our award winning white chocolate bread pudding.

Q:     What’s the best part about the Quitman Lounge and what’s your favorite dish?

A:      When you enter the Quitman Lounge you’re greeted by Roosevelt, our bartender. I’ve never met anyone who did not like Ro. He’ll mix you a drink and tell you a tale while visiting. My favorite dish is Mike’s fried chicken, a must have while you’re here.

Q:     What’s your favorite breakfast item in the Garden Room?

A:      My favorite breakfast item is Mrs. Mary’s famous French toast! It’s a deep fried, cream cheese filled piece of Heaven on a plate. Delicious!

Q:     What’s your favorite part about what you do at Monmouth?

A:      I’m a people person. I have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. I love to hear their story and learn why they are here. It’s amazing to see how many people from all over the globe come to Natchez, Mississippi to see Monmouth.

Q:     What’s your fondest memory at Monmouth?

A:      I have a love story with Monmouth. I got engaged here on the New Year’s Eve before I started working here. I also got married here one year later. Every time I drive up I’m reminded of great memories of my life.

Q:     What’s your favorite spot at Monmouth? 

A:      Monmouth is beautiful and has multiple scenic views. My favorite spot is down by the pond. I find peace and tranquility by the water. Plus our comedic ducks are happy to put on a show for you there.

Q:     What’s your favorite room/suite at Monmouth and why?

A:      I’ve had the privilege of staying in a few of our rooms. My personal favorite is room #48, the Angela Joy.  It’s a Deluxe Queen Room located in the Pond Cottage.  The front porch has rocking chairs overlooking the pond and is a great spot to relax. The room is appointed with a working fireplace and jetted whirlpool tub.

Q:     What are some of the most frequently asked questions from guests and what are your answers to them?

A:      Being at the front desk, I’m asked questions all day. Something that I’m asked on a daily basis is “Does this room have a private bath?” Yes - ALL rooms at Monmouth have a private bath.  The next most frequently asked question is “What is there to do in Natchez?”  My answer is always to submerge yourself in the history we have to offer; learn something new and take a small piece of Natchez with you when you go.

Q:     What’s your favorite thing about Natchez?

A:      Growing up in Natchez it’s hard to label your favorite thing. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that I’m a history nerd. I love the rich history Natchez has and the strides we take to preserve it. The told and untold stories are fascinating to me! Natchez - it truly is what you love about the south!