The property had the added benefit of having a railroad line (owned by the Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad) running through it. Hugh's son-in-law, Frank White, asked him to invest in the railroad (White wanted to complete a section of the track). Hugh agreed on the condition he make the home a train stop, and this is indeed what transpired. The home became a whistle stop, where travelers and train workers could get off the train to walk around and enjoy some refreshments. The home remained a stop until the early 1950s.
Stark Young was born in Como, Mississippi, and grew up on this plantation after his mother Caroline McGehee died when Stark was only nine years old. Young was sent to live here and later studied literature at the University of Mississippi. After graduating from Ole Miss, he traveled to New York and earned a master's degree from Columbia University. Young was a prolific writer of all kinds including poetry, fiction, and plays. His most notable work is So Red the Rose, a novel about two wealthy slave-owning families living during the Civil War. This plantation served as the inspiration and setting for that novel.