Sightseeing in Natchez

Bucket lists are some-what fun.  I like to look at them to see all the things that I’ve done, and then feel a bit of happy accomplishment.  But they can also be disappointing when you stumble upon one and realize how much you have missed.  This is not one of those lists.  While I can not check off all the things on the 30 Things To Do in Natchez, Mississippi list, I can check off a fair amount.

Downtown | personal photo

I have encountered many northern and westerners (and now people from Mississippi) who pronounce this cities name with jazz-hands; Na-cheeeeeeeeeez, putting a spin on the end like it’s part of a dance routine and that jazz made them do it.  The people of Natchez, however, pronounce it like one would pronounce matches.  It’s really simple and with no jazz.  Boring, n’est-ce pas?  But, accurate.

Also, since you’ll be entering into Louisiana (because whether you visit numbers 06 & 07, you should cross the river just to see the difference in land), people in Mississippi say this states name as Lou-zee-anna.  Louisianians will tell you this is just as wrong as the people of Natchez will say to you if you jazz up their city’s name.  In Louisiana, it is Lou-eez-ee-anna.

Also, Natchez is celebrating its Tricentennial this year, which is exciting.  All areas of the city will be hosting special events throughout the year.  Delegates from Canada and France will be there on the official anniversary on 03 August to help commemorate the day.  It’s always worthwhile to visit Natchez, I think, but this year is perfect.

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01.  The Natchez Trace:  The Natchez Trace is an ancient animal trail, then was traversed by local Indigenous peoples, & later Europeans.  The Natchez Trace that you can drive is not the original trace, though it follows, roughly the same route, and portions of the original trace can be viewed in some areas.  It extends from its beginning point in Natchez, traversing most of Mississippi, skipping into a tiny portion of Alabama and then running straight through the middle of Tennessee until its ending point in Nashville.

I have been on the Natchez Trace many times.  The Natchez area at least a dozen times, if not more, and have visited everything located along it, in the Natchez area, at least a few times.  Only once have I been on it farther, and that was from Natchez to Jackson, Mississippi.

It is beautiful, scenic, and well worth driving along; even if you don’t aim for the entire stretch.  It is not a fast drive, being only 50 MPH.  It’s also very much a take only pictures and leave only footprints sort of place.

>>The Natchez Trace Parkway

 

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02.  The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians:  This is one portion of the Natchez’s settlements that were once in the area.  There are two small mounds here, located next to Saint Catherine Creek, a replica of a single dwelling and a small museum.  Though I have been more than once, it is small and can be seen in about an hour.  It is worth seeing, and I highly recommend it, but once you’ve done it, you’ve done it… unless they’re hosting a special event.

While I’ve read about various events, the only one’s I’ve attended were the Pow Wow’s that are held on the grounds each year in early spring.  So I highly recommend the one trip, as well as attending the Pow Wow if you find yourself in Natchez when it is going on.  If you’ve never been to a Pow Wow before, you’ll need some etiquette tips, which can be viewed here.

Also, this year the Pow Wow is part of the Tricentennial Events.  They’re not having competitions this year, just the Grand Entry, Gourd Dancing and a lot of Intertribal.  The latter part means that you, as a guest, will be invited to dance.  This year, as per their official site, “No dance contests….Just LOTS of good singing and dancing and FUN!”.  Also they’ll be having Stickball, & I highly recommend that as well.  It’s one of the few sports I would recommend someone to watch.  March 19-20 | $5 Adults – $3 Youth

>>Grand Village of the Natchez Indians – 400 Jefferson Davis BLVD (just off HWY 61 S) | Monday – Saturday 9AM – 5PM | Sunday 1.30PM – 5PM | $Free

 

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03.  Forks of the Road:  I have heard about this all of my life, but it was never clearly marked out and I could never find it.  It was always just that sign above… and then nothing.  I haven’t been to Natchez in a few years and some of the photo’s online certainly have more detail and marking and information than when I was last there.  On my next trip, I will make it a point to definitely go.  The Sister did remind me that our Aunt attended a special event for it recently, so I’m sure that was when they added more information to the site & made it more visible?

>>Intersection of Liberty Road & Devereaux Drive | Downtown

 

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04.  The Natchez National Historic Park:  This is not a central location.  There are three different area’s scattered around Natchez.  Melrose Plantation in the city proper, Fort Rosalie, which is not open to the public and The William Johnson House which is in the downtown area.

We used to drive the Melrose Montebello PKWY a lot when I was a kid, so I always saw that area of the Historic Park, which is Melrose Plantation and nature.  Then, in my late twenties, they were having a free day, so The Sister & I actually toured Melrose.  If you are looking for a grand home, this is not the one, but it is worth visiting for the history.  We also learned about the William Johnson House at the same time & it is definitely worth the visit.

>>Melrose Plantation – 1 Melrose Montebello PKWAY (off Sgt Prentiss Drive/HWY 61 S) – $10 Adult | $5 Youth | Certain days are $Free

>>William Johnson House – 210 State Street | Downtown – $Free

 

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05.  Emerald Mound:  This is on the Natchez Trace.  Well, not on it, like some of the others, as it can not be seen from the main drive.  You have to take an exit road off of it and drive for a little bit (there is a sign for it), but it is part of the Trace.  It is the second largest ceremonial mound in the US.  We’ve been to it a lot, as it’s quite massive and just really lovely to be at that top of it.  Though it seems like it is just a hill, it is an ancient mound; a historic site and should be treated with some respect.  I have seen someone fly a kite from it which I think is OK, and The Sister I rolled down the smaller mound on top, just the one time, which was more of an accident that turned into fun.  Pictures honestly don’t do it justice.  You just have to climb to the top and see the expanse of it & look over the side.  It really is magnificent.

>>Emerald Mound – Mile marker 10.3 on The Trace

 

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06/07.  Frogmore Cotton Plantation/Jerry Lee Lewis Museum:  Both are in Ferriday, Louisiana, which is not far from Natchez.  Also, if you do find yourself in Ferriday, it is pronounced Fehr-eh-dee, not ferry-day.  I know that I’ve been to Frogmore, though I barely remember it because I was really young.  And while I’ve heard about Jerry Lee Lewis being from Ferriday all of my life, I’ve never been to the museum.

>>Frogmore Cotton Plantation – Oh my lord… the music… – 11656 U.S. Hwy 84 |
Frogmore, LA – 8 minutes west of Ferriday | 24 minutes west of Natchez

>>Jerry Lee Lewis Museum – 712 Louisiana Avenue | Ferriday, LA | 20 minutes west of Natchez

 

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08.  Antebellum Homes:  I’ve not been to all of them, as it does cost money and some are only open at special times like during the Natchez Pilgrimage, or are only included in special group tickets.  Some are never open for tours, or rarely, as it depends on the owners.  I have driven by and seen them on about a bazillion occasions, except for Arlington, which is abandoned, though is on the National Historic Sites list, because I can’t find it.

I have been on the grounds of Monmouth, Stanton Hall, Dunleith & I have toured Longwood (twice) & Melrose.  I’ve driven by Rosalie so much it’s ridiculous.  I have always wanted to tour The House on Ellicott Hill, but haven’t yet.

>>Tour Antebellum Homes – $15 Adult | $10 Youth | Package prices for Pilgrimages

 

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09.  Watch a Sunset over the Mississippi River:  I’ve seen this from both the Mississippi and Louisiana sides, as well as while crossing over the bridge more times than I can count.  It is beautiful and definitely worth seeing.  It’s awesome to just see the River from any vantage point, so I’ll list some of my favourites.

  • Looking at a street view map, things have changed in recent years.  So apparently if you follow N Canal Street, going east, and take a left you end up at this nice new walk along the bluff and view the river section.  That wasn’t there a few years ago.  So, by all means, stop there.  But, if you take a left off of N Canal onto Madison and then take an immediate right onto Clifton Avenue, then I believe you’ll take a left after a few streets and you will come upon a section right on the bluffs.  This is where there’s a row of houses and no more street, just the bluff up to the side-walks.  It’s a great view of the river and also interesting to see how nature takes back what it wants.

 

  • Next you’ll want to go to the Natchez City Cemetery.  From Clifton Avenue you’ll just follow that around until it spits you out onto Maple Street (which will turn into Cemetery Road later) & take a left.  The National Military Cemetery will be on the left and the City Cemetery will be on the right.  Both are worth milling about in.  Also, if you pass the cemetery up, just after it on the right is a historic home from the 18th Century, though I can’t remember its name right off-hand.  Anyways, for the view, take the second entrance to the City Cemetery and hang a left once inside.  You’ll come to a spot pretty quickly where on the left of the drive it’s rather open and to the right is a hill with a mausoleum on top.  Get on top of that hill with the mausoleum.  So breath-taking!

 

  • For the next one you’ll want to go Under The Hill.  You’ll want to get on S Canal (going east) and then take a left onto Bontura Alley (just after State Street).  Take another left onto S Broadway Street and then a right onto Silver Street.  This is Natchez Under The Hill.  I’ll go ahead and point out that on S Broadway, just before the turn onto Silver Street is a section with a gazebo for looking out onto the river; Bluff Park.  You can stop there too, if you wish.  The original Bucket List poster mentions Natchez Under The Hill, so I’ll talk more about that later.  As soon as you get to the bottom of the hill, find a place to park.  There is a tiny spit of land; grass that gets you as close to the river as one could possibly stand.  Do this.  Stand here.  It’s pretty cool.  To be that close; to be almost completely surrounded by the river, with the water lapping at your shoes.

 

  • Another view is on the opposite side of Natchez, more westerly.  If you are on John R. Junkin Drive, it is the red light just before the Miss River Bridge and the Natchez Visitor’s Center.  The Intersection is S Canal Street & Government Fleet Road.  Take Government Fleet Road.  Follow it down until it splits into L E Berry Road (5th right hand turn).  Both sections of the split are L E Berry Road, but you should take a right.  It does a circle and comes back on itself, but from here you can drive past a nice view of the river.  It does turn into River Terminal Road for a second and then back pedals on itself to the left to become L E Berry Road again.  Following that, it turns back into Government Fleet Road and BAM you’re back at John R Junkin Drive.

 

  • Now, you really should cross the river, whether you had originally intended to or not, into Louisiana, to the city of Vidalia, where my grandparents set up camp in the 70s, which is why I’ve explored Natchez so much.  You’ll want to get to the river.  Come down off the bridge and take the first right onto Louisiana Avenue.  Then a right onto Concordia Avenue.  Dog-leg to the right over Riverside Street back onto Concordia Avenue.  Take a left on Levee Road and you will be able to drive UNDER the bridge, which is so fun!  And there is parking and you can walk along the lower, Louisiana side of the river.  It really is worth it.  After having been on the bluffs of Natchez, so high up, to now be so low along the river.  Plus, stand there an imagine the Indigenous peoples and the first Europeans, standing on the bluffs on the eastern shore, knowing they’d have to cross this vast expanse of dangerous water to get to the other side.  Their ingenuity prior to building any sort of bridge or using any type of modern barge system.

 

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10.  Fat Mama’s Tamales:  This is on S Canal Street, near Rosalie Plantation and the train depot.  They used to be in a tiny, wooden cabin right in front of Rosalie at the corners of S Canal & Orleans Street.  Now they are in a larger cabin across the road in between Orleans & Washington Streets.  Apparently their margarita’s are so good that they’ll ‘knock you naked’.  I’ve never had one.  But the tamales are divine.  Delta style tamales.  Order at least a half-dozen and try them with the sour cream, hot sauce and saltines that they come with.

>>Fat Mama’s Tamales – 303 S Canal Street | Downtown | Monday – Thursday 11AM – 9PM | Friday – Saturday 11AM – 10PM | Sunday 12PM – 7PM

 

11.  Pig Out Inn:  I’ve never eaten here, so I couldn’t tell you a thing about it, except where it is and that I’ve driven by it loads of times.

 

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12.  Mammy’s Cupboard:  The food is good and inexpensive… and you will be eating in a piece of roadside Americana… however, I have touched on this before, in my blog post Food Fare in Natchez.  Go take a look.  You can read about this, as well as a few other eateries not listed in this post.

>>Mammy’s Cupboard –  555 HWY 61 S | 8 minutes south of Downtown | Tuesday – Saturday 11AM – 2PM

 

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13.  Lucky 13 House:  Ah ha!  After searching, I know exactly what this is.  Never knew it had a name though.  If you’re on N Broadway heading east, you’ll run right into it.  I’ve always passed this, in getting to the Salvation Army thrift store, the cemeteries, and that place where the houses are about to fall into the Miss River.

 

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14.  Tour Longwood:  This item seems a bit superfluous, as they’ve already mentioned this in 08.  But, if you’re going to actually pay the money to tour one of the homes, then this is the one to see.  Because it is unusual in design and because it is unfinished, as the Civil War broke out during construction and the workers just up and left.  It’s also reportedly haunted, but then what isn’t when we’re referring to Natchez.  Apparently also, The King of Mississippi resides here.  If you happen to watch True Blood, as my sister does & related this to me.

>> Longwood – 140 Lower Woodville Road – $15 Adult | $10 Youth

 

19th Century Grave & Entrance to Jewish Section | personal photos

15.  Natchez City Cemetery:  You should already be going to this, because of the spectacular river view.  But really it is a cemetery worth visiting.  The east and back portions are the older area’s, with the front right being newer graves.  There’s some beautiful mausoleums and head stones in this cemetery.  Right in the heart is the Jewish Cemetery, though there are Jewish people scattered throughout on the front-middle eastern sections, I have noticed.  If you go into the Jewish section, leave a rock or stone outside the entrance to show respect and remembrance.

I’d always heard from my uncle about the Turning Angel.  Makes sense since he grew up here and was a teenager tromping around the Miss-Lou area.  I’ve never once seen her turn though and I have driven by at night.  Not sure that I really want to either.

Also, in October they have an event called Angels on the Bluff.  We’ve not been, as it costs a bit of money/we’ve not been there at the right time, but I hear from my relatives that it is well worth it.  The tour is at night and they’ll have people dressed up like famous people who are buried in the cemetery.  They’ll stand next to the grave and you’ll get to hear some history from them during the tour.

Although Military Cemeteries are rather boring, since they are extremely uniform and look exactly the same, it’s nice to pay ones respects to the fallen soldiers there, and it’s just across the road.

>>Natchez City Cemetery | 2 Cemetery Road | Downtown

 

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16.  The Donut Shop:  I’ve passed it a gajillion times in my life and have never once stepped foot inside.  Mainly if you have family somewhere, you follow routine, and my family, to my knowledge has never been there or recommended it to us personally.  I should go though, next time I’m there.  I’ve always wanted to.

>>Intersection of John R Junkin & Homochitto | Downtown outskirts

 

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17.  Kings Tavern:  I’ve always recommended this place.  Not for the food, but because it is the oldest, still standing building in Mississippi.  The food was good, then went downhill, they closed, and have now re-opened and renovated it.  I have not been since at least a year before they closed.  But still, go.  Go and see it.

>>Kings Tavern – 613 Jefferson Street | Downtown | Thursday – Friday 5PM | Saturday – Sunday 12PM

 

18.  Charboneau Rum Distillery:  Never heard of it, so it must be new.

 

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Windsor Ruins | personal photo

19.  Windsor Ruins:  This is north of Natchez, off HWY 61 North near Port Gibson.  There’s a lot to see out this way actually.  You’ll hit the community of Lorman.  The Old Country Store is no longer a working general store, but it is reported to have the best fried chicken in Mississippi.  Also from this point, heading west, is the way to the ghost town of Rodney, but I’ve never been, so I couldn’t tell one how to get there.  Though I do hope to go someday.

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>>The Old Country Store – 18801 HWY 61 N | Lorman, MS – 36 minutes north of Natchez | Hours: 7 Days | 10AM – 4PM

  • Then to get to the ruins you’ll take MS-552 W off of HWY 61 N.  You’ll pass Alcorn University, which is all I have done, but at some point I’d like to view the campus and see the staircase from Windsor.

 

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>>Alcorn State University – 1000 Asu Drive (just off HWY 552) | Lorman, MS | the Oakland Memorial Chapel – about 50 minutes north of Natchez

 

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  • Then you’ll see Bethel Presbyterian Church on the right side of the road.  MS-552 W is also Rodney Road at this point.   It’s worth stopping to see this historic church.  Apparently there is a plantation a mile south of this point, but I never remember seeing any signs for it, nor do I remember hearing about it, but it’s called Canemount Plantation.

>>Bethel Presbyterian Church – HWY 552 | Lorman, MS – about 55 minutes north of Natchez

 

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  • After that, you’ll see a sign to turn off onto a dirt road to get to Windsor Ruins.  It’s a short drive on this road.  When you come back out, if you take a right, you’ll head straight into Port Gibson, which has a lot of beautiful homes and was a major port before the Civil War.

>>Windsor Ruins – off Rodney Road/HWY 552 | Port Gibson, MS – about 60/70 minutes north of Natchez

>>Port Gibson –  about 15/20 minutes from Windsor Ruins on HWY 552 | an hour from Natchez via HWY 61 N

 

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20.  Mount Locust:  We’re back on the Natchez Trace again.  There’s two ways to get onto the trace.  One is in Natchez, at Liberty Road, the other is further north out on HWY 61 N.  We generally take the latter route, as it will get you closer (in a faster way) to the destinations of Emerald Mound, as well as Mount Locust.  Our most recent visit on the Trace, we tried to see this, but it was closed.  I have been to it once or twice before in my youth, but wanted to see it again.  Of course I would say visit it.  There used to be 50 of this stopping point inns, but this is the last surviving one.

>>Mount Locust – Mile marker 15.5 on The Trace

 

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21.  Natchez Under the Hill:  The original poster says to visit the Saloon.  Personally, there’s nothing I’d recommend visiting, except to drive the entirety of Silver Street (it’s a one-way) and to stop and stand on that one spot that’s so close to the river.  I believe it’s at the end of the wooden fence there in the photo.  It’s worth going because at one time there were two sides to Natchez Under the Hill with store fronts on both sides as well as a larger landing area on the right, but the river swept the right side away a long time ago.  This was THE port in Natchez, where everyone boarded and disembarked from.  It was also really dangerous and sketchy back in the day.  But it is amazing to stand there and think that it used to be super busy, rather dangerous, and have two street sides.

>>Natchez Under the Hill – Silver Street | Downtown

 

 

22.  Old Country Store in Lorman:  I’ve already hit on this.  It’s north of Natchez on HWY 61 N, near the turn off for Windsor Ruins.  As late as the 1990s it was still a working general store.  Our last visit saw it empty of goods, though most of the hardware is still intact, and they serve food, but were not serving when we stopped.

 

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23.  Ghost Town of Rodney:  I’ve always heard about this, but never knew exactly how to get to it, so I’ve not been yet.  The turn off for it is somewhere near the community of Lorman.  Even though I’ve never been, I’d still definitely say go to it and check it out.  It was once a bustling port city and almost became the state capital, but then the river changed course, cutting them off from the water and the town dwindled and is now considered a ghost town, though there are still a few residents.

 

24.  Jugheads:  Had to look this up as I’ve never heard of it, so I couldn’t tell you if it’s relatively new or not.  As with 16, one generally does was family residents do.  My people know how to make a messa fried catfish and are fishing people.  If they didn’t have any fish to fry up, they’d go up the street from their house in Vidalia, Louisiana to a local place and get some ready-made.  I’d recommend that place, but apparently it closed down since the last time I was there.

 

25.  Carriage Ride through Natchez:  This I haven’t done.  I wouldn’t mind doing it, but I grew up with a dad who didn’t see the need in such things.  So I’ve never taken a carriage ride, in either Natchez or New Orleans, nor ridden the trolley in New Orleans either. There are two carriage tours.  Tickets for either can be purchased at the Visitors Center.  I found a time for one, and a price for the other.

>>Natchez Pilgrimage Carriage Tours – 640 S Canal Street | $15

>>Southern Carriage Tours – 640 S Canal Street | 10AM – Dark

 

26.  Have a Spooky Experience:  Unless you’re just one of those people who whistles everything away as nothing out of the ordinary, you will have some sort of spooky experience in Natchez.  You’ll probably have plural.  I’ve had so many in that town, I’ve lost count.

 

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27.  Rosalie:  Another superfluous point here considering 08.  I think the antebellum homes could have been lumped all together in one point.  This one I have not toured, but have always wanted to.

 

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28.  Linden:  Again, this could have been put into point 08.  To me, it’s like the original writer wanted to come up with 30 things, couldn’t think of enough, so just kept using up number points with antebellum homes.  I think the only exciting things about Linden is the door, as it is quite pretty, and also the punka, but other historic homes in the area also have these… as well as really pretty doors.

 

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29.  Natchez Visitor Center:  Visitor’s centers are always worthwhile for coupons, discounts, and information.  More so, I’d say this year, considering that it’s Natchez’s Tricentennial, so there’s definitely information to be had.  Even if it weren’t such a special year, I’d still suggest going.  Plus they have a super tiny mini museum of information inside.

>>Natchez Visitor Center – 640 S Canal Street – there is also an entrance off of John R Junkin.

 

30.  Eat a Biscuit:  Apparently Natchez is the Biscuit Capital of the World.  No offense meant, really, but I’ve had biscuits just about everywhere all over Natchez and they’re nothing to write home about.  They are good, but they’re not extraordinary.  They’re just like any biscuits I’ve grown up eating.  But, perhaps this might be a point for all the Yankees and Europeans and Canadians?

 

Well, I have a few I’d like to add to the list of places you should visit in Natchez.

 

01.  Historic Photo Exhibit:  A trunk containing either lithograph or tin type negatives (I forget which) was found in a trunk at the First Presbyterian Church of Natchez.  They had them developed and have them on display.  The photos show life in Natchez in the 19th Century and are well worth the viewing.

>>Stratton Chapel Gallery | 405 State Street | Downtown | Monday – Saturday 10AM – 4PM | $5

>>A small portion of the photos are also located inside Natchez Coffee Company | 509 Franklin Street | Downtown

 

 

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02.  St. Mary Basilica:  It dates from 1842 and is absolutely gorgeous inside.  Because of its historic significance, it was upgraded from Cathedral to Basilica in 1977.  The gardens in back are also nice to sit in.

>>St. Mary Basilica – 107 S Union St | Downtown

 

Bicentennial War of 1812 reenactment | personal photo

03.  Jefferson Military College: This all male college dates back to 1811 in Washington just north of Natchez.  It was later turned into a highschool and closed in the 1960s.  It was covered in kudzu, refound, and rescued back in the late 70s or early 80s.  The community of Washington was once known as the Versailles of the French territories and was the territorial capital from 1802 – 1817 and the state capital until 1822, before the current capital of Jackson was decided on.  There is a huge expanse of grounds, a walking trail through the woods, a natural spring, a small museum and three original buildings.

>>Historic Jefferson College – 16 Old N Street | Natchez | Monday – Saturday 9AM – 5PM | Sunday 1PM – 5PM | $Free

This is located on HWY 61 N, in Washington, MS just outside of Natchez.  You’ll pass the turnoff for HWY 98 E on the right and Morgantown Road on the left.  The college is on the left.  I’m just trying to square things away, in case you’ll be using GPS to navigate.  You could get lost.

 

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04.  Elizabeth Female Academy:  This was the first female college in the state, founded in 1818.  It is just ruins now, as it was abandoned in 1845, but it is still interesting to see.  To get to this you take the first Natchez Trace exit at Liberty Road.  This is a good exit to take as it is the historical beginning of the old trace, as near as anyone can pinpoint.

>>Elizabeth Female Academy – Mile marker 4.1 on The Trace

 

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05.  The Sunken Trace:  This is the original portion of The Natchez Trace.  It is well past the other Natchez area sites on The Trace, but it is definitely worth seeing, at least once.  I know I’ve been to it, when I was a kid, but I’m looking to go back next time I’m there.

>>The Sunken Trace – Mile marker 41.5 on The Trace

 

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06.  Natchez Museum of African American History & Culture:  I stumbled upon this while searching specifics like addresses and business times for this post.  I was excited because this must be new, right?  Nope.  They’ve been open since 1991, so now I’m a bit sad that I’ve never heard of it.  I’m not sure if they’ve always been in this location.  I want to say no, as I think this building has been vacant in the recent years I was in Natchez.  I’m definitely going to this the next time I am there.  Visitors report that it is small, but has all sorts of African-American history from 1715 to the present.  I’m saying it’s worth a go, for sure!  Upon searching further, there is some debate about price.  Some places reported that it was $Free, while others reported that it was $7, so we’ll err on the side of bringing money.

>>301 Main Street | Downtown | Monday – Friday 10AM – 4.30PM | $7

 

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07.  Loess Bluff: This is also on the Natchez Trace.  It is an ancient geological formation.  You’ll see bluffs all in Natchez and in Vicksburg.  Loess (pronounced low-ess) soil was windswept in the last ice age, causing the steep bluffs.

>>Loess Bluff – Mile marker 12.4 on The Trace

 

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08.  Mississippi Blues Trail:  There are four sites in Natchez and one in Ferriday.

>>Ealey Brothers | S. Broadway | Natchez

>>The Natchez Burning | Clarence “Bud” Scott Sr | Main Street | Natchez

>>Alexander “Papa George” Lightfoot | McCabe Street | Natchez

>>Louisiana and Mississippi: Haney’s Big House | Louisiana Avenue | Ferriday

 

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09.  Morgantown Road:  When you come back from Jefferson College, you should take Morgantown Road.  It’s right after the college on HWY 61 S going back into Natchez, and deposits you at a red light near Saint Catherine Creek before you either continue straight and go into downtown the back way, or veer to the left onto HWY 61 S/Sgt Prentiss Drive.  It’s just a nice lovely drive, and a part of Natchez you wouldn’t see otherwise.  Gets you out of some traffic for a bit and you can’t get lost.

 

>>tripadvisor.com

10.  Old South Winery:  It’s been there since 1979, people really like it, and they make fruit wines; one of which is muscadine and those grow everywhere in Natchez, so I wouldn’t think you could get any closer to actual Natchez than muscadines.  You can tour, taste, and experience the wine-making process.

>>Old South Winery – 65 S Concord Avenue | outer Downtown | Monday – Friday 10AM – 5PM | $Free

 

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11.  Saint Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge:  I don’t think I’ve ever been here, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that I had been taken here as a kid.  This seems like the type of place my family would take me, especially for the fishing.  We fished so many spots that I couldn’t tell you where half of them were specifically.  But, this places seems pretty cool.  I’d like to go next time I’m over in Natchez.  There’s lots to do; you can fish, enjoy the nature and wildlife, learn about the natural and cultural history of the area, and there’s hiking, canoeing and kayaking as well.  

>>Saint Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge –  21 Pintail Lane | Sibley, MS (10 miles south of Natchez on HWY 61 S) | Monday – Friday 7.30AM – 4PM | $Free | $20 for fishing permit

 

 

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