Natchez Mississippi: Things to Do

Bluff Park
101 S. Broadway
Natchez, MS 39120
The greatest natural attraction that Natchez has to offer is the Mississippi River, and the best vantage point from which to take in her beauty and splendor is the bluff. The best time to be on the bluff overlooking the river is at sunset, because, weather permitting, sunsets on the river can be a spectacular sight to behold.

​Charboneau Distillery LLC
617 Jefferson Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 861-4203
Charboneau Distillery LLC is an artisan distillery located in downtown Natchez, in one of the oldest buildings in Mississippi. The distillery's first rum to be bottled and on Mississippi shelves, is white rum; dark rums, aged in small oak whiskey casks, will follow in two to three years. Look for a distinctive bottle design featuring a map of the lower Mississippi River from Greenville to the Gulf-historically sugar cane-growing territory-with Natchez prominently at its epicenter. This family owned and operated mico-distillery not only produces delicious rum, but also offers a unique opportunity for visitors to see how its done. If you are interested in a tour of Charboneau Distillery please visit their website: charboneaudistillery.com or facebook: facebook.com/charboneaudistillery

​Frogmore Plantation
11054 Hwy. 84
Frogmore, LA 71334
P: (318) 757-2453
Selected by Rand McNally as a "MUST SEE" site in South. 1800 acre working cotton plantation. TWO TOUR OPTIONS: Guided tour of southern history from 1700s – today; furnished slave cabins; rare, antique steam gin, plantation store museum and gift shop; 19 historical buildings contrast with modern farming and computerized gin. Another option is our Civil War Tour with causes of the war & effects on plantations. Frogmore Plantation is located 20 minutes west of Vidalia/Natchez. You can pick cotton in the fields from late July - April 15. email: frogmore@bayou.com web site: www.frogmoreplantation.com 318-757-2453 or 318-757-3333  

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 446-6502
Located just on the outskirts of town at the edge of a residential area is The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. The Natchez Indians inhabited what is now southwest Mississippi ca. 700-1730 AD, with the culture at its zenith in the mid-1500s. Between 1682 and 1729 the Grand Village was their main ceremonial center, according to historical and archaeological evidence. French explorers, priests and journalists descriptions of the ceremonial mounds and archaeological investigations produced additional evidence that the site was the place that the French called "the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians." During the period that the Natchez occupied the Grand Village, the French explored the region and began to make settlements. Relations between the French and the Natchez were cordial at first, but deteriorated as various disagreements and episodes of violence arose in 1716 and again in 1723. In 1729, a pro-English element within the tribe led the Natchez to attack the French colonial plantations and military garrison at Fort Rosalie. The French retaliated in such force that the Natchez were forced to abandon their homeland. Put the Grand Village on your tour itinerary and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the hallowed grounds of this historic treasure.

Jefferson College, Historic
16 Old North Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-2901
About eight miles North of Natchez on Highway 61 resides historic Jefferson College, the first educational institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Visitors can tour a restored dormitory room, student dining room, kitchen buildings, and other historic sites. The adjacent nature trail winds up and down through a wooded ravine, past St. Catherine's Creek, over bridges, past Ellicott Springs, and a historic cemetery, with plants and trees clearly identified along the way. Jefferson College, incorporated by an act of the first General Assembly of the Mississippi Territory in 1802, was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States and President of the American Philosophical Society. Territorial governor William C. C. Claiborne served as president of the college's first Board of Trustees. In 1830, the college purchased the Methodist church building that had housed the 1817 Mississippi statehood convention. They renovated it in 1832, and in 1839 completed construction of a new West Wing. Jefferson College is an extraordinary historic property and worth the ten minute drive from downtown to see. It is truly another "must see"
to put on your itinerary.

Natchez City Cemetery
1 Cemetery Road
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-5051
It may sound a bit grave to consider a cemetery an attraction, but when it comes to the Natchez City Cemetery, and once you learn the history of some of the characters buried there, you'll quickly understand why. Once you enter the gates, you can either begin a self-guided tour following a brochure and map, or you may be interested in hiring a guide so you'll get all the details of the deceased at this historic cemetery You'll hear stories about a woman called Louise the Unfortunate, and a slave named York, or perhaps visit the family plot of famed riverboat Captain, Thomas P. Leathers. The Natchez City Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic places, established in 1822 when remains were moved to the present location from Memorial Park (located behind St. Mary's Basilica downtown). Tombstone inscriptions embellished by romantic and mysterious tales draw portraits of the dearly departed interned here. Bring a good pair of walking shoes and make the Natchez City Cemetery a good three hour stop on your itinerary. As historic cemeteries go, it's unforgettable.

Natchez in Historic Photographs
405 State Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-2581
Natchez is fortunate to have an outstanding collection of photographs depicting life in Natchez and on the riverfront from about 1845 to circa 1910. Family portraits, steamboats laden with enormous bales of cotton, and street scenes throughout the historic downtown area will keep you mesmerized for at least an hour when you tour the gallery. The gallery is located in the Stratton Chapel behind First Presbyterian Church on Pearl St. The exhibit is free, but donations are accepted to help offset the utility cost to display the exhibit. You simply have to add a trip to the chapel in your tour itinerary because the images you'll see truly reveal the history and majesty of Natchez.

Natchez Little Theatre
319 Linton Avenue
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-2233
Natchez Little Theatre offers numerous productions throughout the year and visitors are encouraged to spend one of their evenings in Natchez enjoying a local playhouse performance. The city is fortunate to have an array of surprisingly talented actors, and we are sure you will not be disappointed with your ticket purchase. Call the theatre for current productions or log onto their website for the season schedule.
 
Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture
301 Main Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-0728
The African American Museum of History and Culture contains exhibits from a number of Natchez related African American historic sites, important citizens and events. Other exhibits within the museum include: The Rhythm Nightclub fire, where over 200 African American Natchez citizens were either burned or trampled to death, information on the Forks of the Road, which was the second largest slave market in the South and some of the literary works of critically acclaimed author Richard Nathaniel Wright, a Natchez native. Adding the African American Museum of History and Culture to your trip itinerary, will provide you with a look at another dimension of Natchez history that you won't get anywhere else.

Natchez National Cemetery
41 Cemetery Road
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-4981
Natchez National Cemetery dates to 1866, one of 21 national historic cemeteries established in that year. Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the site's topography influenced its unique layout of irregular shaped burial sections, terraced hillsides, and gravel and grass pathways.

Natchez Trails
100 N. Broadway Street
Natchez, MS 39120
The Natchez Trails are a combination of city streets and walkways dotted with interpretive panels depicting the history of the area in which you are walking. The trails run throughout the downtown area and along the bluff overlooking the river. Pedestrians and cyclists can share parts of the trails, and you can wind your way down to the edge of the mighty Mississippi River. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, it is a great way to learn a lot about the abundant history of Natchez. The trail is wide enough atop the bluff to be shared by walkers and those just wanting to take a look at the river or watch a magnificent sunset over neighboring Louisiana. You can add an extra day to your stay just to spend it walking along the Natchez Trails.

Old South Winery
65 S. Concord Avenue
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-9924
It may seem a little unusual to be touting a winery as an attraction in the deep South, but it does exist and it is indeed something to experience. The winery is run by the Galbreath family and the wines are created from Muscadines (an American grape with a European name), grown in a vineyard right outside the facilities back door. After you take the 20 minute tour, the staff will pour you a small sample of each of the products they create from their grapes, so you can see what a treat they really are. The local favorite is a rose' labeled Miss Scarlet.

Rhythm Night Club Museum
5 Street Catherine Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 597-0557
The Rhythm Club Museum was constructed by the Sago Family in 2010, as a place to honor those wounded or killed in the tragic 1940 fire that took the lives of 207 Natchez citizens. There are testaments and images housed in the museum, and it's a "must see" attraction, which is worth giving to, an hour or more of your trip.

William Johnson House, The
210 State Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-5345
William Johnson was a free man of color in antebellum Natchez. He acquired several building in Natchez, approximately 2,000 acres of land south of town and he owned several slaves. He gained the respect of leading citizens of the time, some of whom he loaned money to, and local papers eulogized him after his untimely death. William Johnson kept a diary for almost sixteen years, from 1835 until his death in 1851. It is the lengthiest and most detailed personal narrative authored by an African American during the antebellum era in the United States. Johnson's diary evolved into an extraordinary record of social, economic, and political life in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, as seen through the eyes of a free man of color. Johnson covers everything from the mundane like Johnson's search for a lost cow to the momentous such as former president Andrew Jackson's visit to Natchez. Operated by the National Park Service, William Johnson's House is open seven days a week from 9:00am-4:30 p.m. and is free to the public. It contains a bookstore, exhibit room and fully furnished recreated living quarters.
  
 
 
Tuesday October 24, 2017