The house is also notable for its impressive library, which holds a collection of University of Edinburgh Medical rare books and textbooks dating to the 1700s. In terms of art, a strong collection of paintings by John Singleton Copley and other are also located in the house. Outside, there are terraced gardens modeled after English designs. One of the house's owners, Mary Saunders, established the first tree farm in the state to restore lands that had been logged to grow cotton. Finally, the house has scientific significance. William Anderson performed the first successful surgery in the country to remove cancer from a jawbone. Also, noted botanist and former minister to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, died here in 1851 (he is buried in the cemetery at the church). He was responsible for introducing the pointsettia plant (named after him), to America.