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Natchez Visitor Center
640 South Canal Street
Right on the river and just minutes away from highways and hotels, the center gives an excellent overview of Natchez history with interactive exhibits. Owned and maintained jointly by the Convention and Visitor Bureau and the National Park Service, the Natchez Visitor Center is at the foot of the MS River Bridge. Enjoy a brief film on Natchez, a unique view of the kudzu covered bluff, museum displays about Natchez history, a book store, gift shop, restrooms and free beverages. The Center is also home to Natchez Pilgrimage Tours receptive office where you can pick up tickets and plan your activities.
There you will find great concierge service for anything you might need—tickets, maps, directions, bed and breakfast reservations, dining information, shopping—you name it. Southern hospitality comes naturally to our staff!
Nestled on 200 foot bluffs, Natchez has one of the most magnificent and unobstructed views of the MS river in America. Park on Broadway Street at the old train station and enjoy a walk along the edge of the bluff. Sunset is an event!
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Natchez Under the Hill
Visit the last street that remains of the bustling, naughty port known as Under the Hill. Before the river changed its course this was home to gambling houses and brothels in addition to merchants -- a startling contrast to the antebellum splendor that awaits you on top of the hill. See Old Man River up close!
Walk-able Downtown Natchez
No matter how fabulous the antebellum houses in Natchez, there is going to be a point when you reach furniture fatigue. That's the time to visit Natchez's historic downtown, a charming collection of antique shops, gift shops, restaurants, historic parks, churches and galleries.
Natchez in Historic Photographs in Stratton Chapel
405 State Street
One of the easiest ways to get a history fix is to visit First Presbyterian Church's exhibit of more than 500 photographs taken in Natchez between the Civil War and World War II. Printed from glass plates and negatives rescued after many years on the back porch of a local home, the collection chronicles everything from riverboats to hairstyles and offers a fascinating snapshot of everyday life along the Mississippi River.
African American Museums
Take a step back into the past! Explore the artifacts and the history of African American society and its contributions in making Natchez the city it is today. The politicians, the music, the educators, the writers , and the trail blazers that have played an important role in the development of Natchez.
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- Rhythm Night Club Memorial Museum 5 St. Catherine Street
- William Johnson House 210 State Street
The Rhythm Night Club Memorial 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. Displays include photos, video interviews with survivors, newspaper articles and personal testaments - a "must see" attraction worth half an hour or more of your visit.
Located in downtown Natchez, the William Johnson House complex consists of the actual Johnson home and the adjoining McCallum House. William Johnson, a free black barber in Natchez, used bricks from buildings destroyed in the infamous tornado of 1840 to construct the State Street estate and commercial business area. The family lived in the upper stories of the house, while the first floor was rented out to merchants. The William Johnson House, recently renovated by the National Park Service, allows guests to learn more about the life of free African-Americans in the pre-Civil War South. Guests to the home will also learn about the extensive diary kept by William Johnson from 1835-1851 which detailed everyday life in Natchez.
Year-Round Family Fun
Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
The 128-acre Grand Village site features a museum accredited by the American Association of Museums, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, and three ceremonial mounds. Two of the mounds, the Great Sun's Mound and the Temple Mound, have been excavated and rebuilt to their original sizes and shapes.
This 1800s Greek revival-style mansion represents the height of southern prosperity and the "Cotton Kingdom." Built by the John T. McMurran family beginning in 1841, Melrose was, according to McMurran daughter-in-law Alice Austen, "very elegant; one of the handsomest places I have seen North or South." Guided tours of the home give visitors a glimpse into the lifestyle of the pre-Civil War American South and help them understand the roles that slaves played in an estate setting. Sitting today on 80 lush acres maintained by the National Park Service, the home stands as a well-preserved piece of America's history.
Young and old will enjoy this horsedrawn carriage ride through downtown Natchez as the driver brings to life the stories that make up the history and charm of our historic city. This is a unique and leisurely paced tour that allows you sit back, relax, and take in the sites. The carriage rides take place everyday upon demand and pick up on the corner of State and Canal Streets.
Self-guided Walking Trails
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. 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 at your own pace. Stop by the Natchez Visitor Reception Center at 640 S. Canal Street for trail maps and advice from our knowledgeable staff.
King's Tavern Mixology Classes
Take an afternoon or night to enjoy the fun and spirited class of Mixology, the art and science of cocktails, at the King's Tavern! This class allows the guest to experience making real and proper cocktails along with food bites to enjoy Mixology at its fullest! Friday nights at 8:00pm is "The Forgotten Classics", Saturdays at 4:00pm "A Taste For Rum", & 8:00pm "Hemingway Gin" and on Sundays at 4:00pm, "Free Style" where you can join the master bartender Ricky Woolfolk for 4 creative cocktails of his choice! Please contact Natchez Pilgrimage Tours at 601-446-6631 or the King's Tavern at 601-446-5003 to purchase tickets! Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
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