council house cafe

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, MS, 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 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. Then top off your meal with either our famous Mississippi Mud Cake or bread pudding. Scroll down for a complete Café menu.

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

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

Savory Sandwiches

Made on French Camp homemade white or sorghum wheat bread and baked fresh daily! Each sandwich is served with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, and comes with a side order of chips and “pucker up those lips” pickles.

Meat Choices: A mountain of thinly sliced ham, smoked turkey or Cajun roast beef

Whole $8.00 | Half $6.50

The Famous Big Ed's BLT
Travelers up and down the Natchez Trace rave about it! Made with a whopping TEN pieces of crispy bacon, plus lettuce, tomato and the one-and-only Council House spicy garlic mayonnaise.

Whole sandwich only - $8.50

Club Sandwich
A delicious combination of ham, smoked turkey, Cajun roast beef and bacon, stacked high with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and mayonnaise between two slices of our homemade bread.

Whole sandwich only - $8.75

Child’s Plate
Sandwich with choice of meat or peanut butter and jelly sandwich


Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A slice of cheese on your choice of bread - grilled to perfection.

Whole sandwich only - $5.50

Extra Meat, Chips or Pickles - $1 each

Sensational Salads

Natural winners, whether you want a healthy snack or a full meal!

Broccoli Salad
Sweet and crunchy! Broccoli florets, southern pecans, crispy bacon and flavorful onions, combined with our sweet, tongue-tingling house dressing, then topped with diced fresh tomato and served with toasted homemade bread.

Regular $6.00 | Small $4.00

The Trace Salad
A crispy bed of fresh lettuce and tomatoes, bacon, cheese and sliced egg, topped with your choice of turkey or ham and served with seasoned toast points. Pick your dressing from ranch, Thousand Island, Italian, our homemade garlic mayonnaise, sweet onion-pecan or Oh My! Honey Mustard.


Tasty Homemade Soups

Try our soothing, hot and creamy Ann's Potato Soup today, and come back tomorrow for Martha's Black Bean Soup or Cabbage Soup. Our idea of pure satisfaction! Served with toasted homemade bread or crispy crackers.

Large $4.75 l Small $3.75

French Camp Chili with flavor that will tap-dance across your taste buds!

Large $5.00 l Small $4.00

Desserts "to Die For"

Don’t pass up your chance for earthly bliss! Both are homemade right here, but the ice cream is "sto-bought.”

Mississippi Mud Cake
A real Southern delight, made with chocolate, pecans and marshmallow.

$4.25 | a la mode $5.25

Mouthwatering Bread Pudding
Decadently rich, with our own golden-rich caramel sauce.

$4.25 | a la mode $5.25

Vanilla Ice Cream– 1 scoop



Sweet and Unsweet Tea (with refills)



$1.75 Refill $.75

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Sprite Zero


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!

Bread-Making Program

Our renowned French Camp homemade bread has been a tradition at FCA for more than 50 years. Visitors to the Welcome Center Bakery often see our bakery staff making our famous white yeast bread. Preservative-free, it is used for all of our Council House Café sandwiches and can also be bought from the Log Cabin Gift Shop. And try the tasty sorghum wheat bread, as well as our creative artisan breads with a variety of tempting ingredients. In addition to making our delicious sandwiches, our bread serves as a way of expressing gratitude to those who support French Camp Academy.

For more information about our unique FCA Bread Program, call 662.547.6482 or e-mail