Our Founder

GardenSong B&B in Natchez, Mississippi, brings you a bed and breakfast experience reminiscent of days gone by. Our founder, Dan Gibson, has worked on historic renovations of old homes for many years - it is his passion. And he has used that experience to take GardenSong from a vacant property to thriving B&B practically overnight! Here, you can learn more about Dan and the many innovative projects he has worked on.


Dan

Restoring Historic Homes

Dan first began working in the bed and breakfast industry in 1982 when he helped his family operate a large antebellum home in Vicksburg, Mississippi. That home, called Cedar Grove, is still open today, and is one of the finest in the area. Over the years, he developed a passion for the industry and old homes in particular. He has restored several over his lifetime, opening them for tours, guests, and special occasions. From 2001 to 2014, he owned the oldest and most historic home in Crystal Springs, the Willing House, built in 1835. It was the location of many meetings, parties, weddings, and other special events.

Somerset

In 2014, Dan designed and built a Greek revival home in rural Rankin County, Mississippi, called Somerset. It is a beautiful property consisting of a main house and guest cottage on 13 wooded acres with more than a mile of developed trails. The structure was built to look like an old home, with high ceilings, antique wood floors and doors, wavy glass, and other influences.


Monmouth Historic Inn

In 2012, Dan began playing the piano for Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez, Mississippi, a top-rated bed and breakfast that is internationally known and promoted. He currently performs every weekend at the mansion's restaurant, 1818, which is located in the main house. He also greets guests and gives tours of the property, which consists of 29 guest rooms and cottages on 26 manicured acres. He has been mentioned in many positive reviews of the mansion, primarily on Trip Advisor.

The Mayor's House

Dan is currently restoring a home built in 1880, known as The Mayor's House, located in downtown Natchez. It is located two blocks from GardenSong and will offer additional lodging.

More About Our Host

Dan Gibson, now in his tenth year as Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers (MASI), is a former mayor of Crystal Springs, MS, and a 1987 graduate of Mississippi State University where he served as student body president and received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He first entered the insurance profession in 1994 as an independent agent, the same year his son Clark was born. As President of Copiah County Insurance Agency, Inc., Dan was named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s Top Forty Under Forty at the age of thirty. He was a Republican candidate for Governor of Mississippi in 1999. Dan obtained his Series 7 as an AXA Advisors Financial Consultant in 2001 and started his own insurance consulting company, Dan M. Gibson & Co., Inc., in 2002. As Executive Director for MASI, Dan represents hundreds of employers with millions in annualized premiums. He is a Registered Lobbyist for Worker’s Compensation and Self-Insured Health issues in the Mississippi Legislature, Mississippi Insurance Department and Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission. In 2012, Dan worked closely with other private entities and legislative leaders to obtain passage of Mississippi’s Historic Workers’ Comp Reform Bill – bringing about many important changes for the benefit of employers and employees alike. Dan enjoys music, architecture and woodworking and has developed several successful Bed & Breakfast properties. Dan is also a minister, public speaker and author. He serves as Associate Pastor of New Direction Outreach Ministry in Natchez, MS, and his first novel, Oxford Redemption, has just been published.