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Natchez Spring Pilgrimage of Antebellum Homes

Spring Pilgrimage March 7 - April 7, 2015

Twenty-four antebellum mansions, most of them private residences, open their doors to visitors during this four-week Pilgrimage every spring. Your guides are costumed family friends and descendants of the original owners, whose stories are as real as the bricks and mortar in their hearths. Each house is unique with 18th- and 19th-century furnishings, porcelain, silver, clothing, tools, documents, and diaries.

Come see why Wendell Garrett, editor at large for The Magazine Antiques, said that 19th-century Natchez, Mississippi millionaires "greased the wheels" of American decorative arts and architecture.



Visit our Fall Pilgrimage page to see 2014 dates and take a look at homes that were on tour during Fall Pilgrimage 2013!

 


PRICING

3 House Tours (excluding mansions): 
Adults -  $30, Youth -
 $18 (6-18 years)

3 House Tour PLUS ONE of the mansions;
Longwood 
OR Rosalie OR Stanton Hall:
Adults - $42, Youth - $26

Individual Tickets for Longwood, Rosalie & Stanton Hall mansions:

Adults - $15, Youth - $10

To view Longwood, Rosalie and Stanton Hall mansions,
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6-House Pass - six morning or afternoon houses of your choice:
 
Adults - $60,  Youth - $36
 

**Complete Tour Schedules below**



Visitors greeted by costumed hosts at Stanton Hall during Spring Pilgrimage.

Costumes of Natchez Spring Pilgrimage.

Inspiring singer in Southern Road to Freedom--gospel story of African American Natchez experience.

Natchez Little Theatre's production of Southern Exposure

Natchez participants in Spring Pilgrimage.

Rosalie, house on Natchez Spring Pilgrimage

Azaleas are in full bloom during spring in Natchez.

Historic Natchez Tableaux Soiree dancers.

The sweetheart waltz in the Historic Natchez Tableaux.

Explore the back porch at Green Leaves on the Peach Tour




ATTRACTIONS DURING PILGRIMAGE

Antebellum Homes Tours
Privately owned antebellum homes open their doors to the public for four weeks.
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Private Tour Guides
Whether it is your first time in Natchez or your annual trip to Pilgrimage, when you experience Natchez through a private or group tour, your stay in our beautiful historic town will be unparalleled.  Our licensed tour guides have a deep commitment to Natchez history and represent the most experienced guides in the Natchez area.

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Historic Natchez Tableaux
A brilliant and entertaining depiction of the Antebellum Era through song, dance and historical dialog including adornment of period costumes. Presented Fridays and Saturdays during Spring Pilgrimage. 

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Southern Exposure
A parody of the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage. This satirical comedy is a very entertaining and humorous depiction of the town of Natchez during Pilgrimage in the 1950s. Presented every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday during Spring Pilgrimage.

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Southern Road to Freedom
The Holy Family Gospel Choir presents this stirring tribute to the struggle and victory of the African American experience in Natchez from the Colonial period to present day. Presented Friday and Saturday during Spring Pilgrimage.

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Tales of a Dunleith Duo
A historical skit of the lives of John Roy Lynch and Alfred Vidal Davis, presented in three parts in between dinner courses designed by The Castle Restaurant's culinary team at historic Dunleith Inn. Dinner includes iced tea, bread service, salad, choice of two entrees (orders taken upon arrival), and dessert. Entree choices will be pork tenderloin or redfish. Cash bar opens at 6 p.m., and the dinner and show begin at 7 p.m. $55 per person inclusive for dinner and show. For group tours reserving all spaces, they may choose their own two entree choices (steak option is $65 inclusive).
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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 for the guest to experience making real and proper cocktails along with food bites to enjoy mixology to its fullest. Friday nights at 8 p.m. is "The Forgotten Classics", Saturdays at 4 p.m., "A Taste For Rum," and 8 p.m., "Hemingway Gin,"  and Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., "Free Style" Please contact Natchez Pilgriamge Tours at 601-446-6631 or 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. 


Spring Pilgrimage March 7 - April 7, 2015
Below is a detailed tour schedule.  Each day will include two separate tours, a morning and an afternoon tour, of three different homes. The tours occur on a 4-day rotating schedule.

Day 1: Purple/Green    Day 2: Orange/Peach

Day 3: Pink/Blue    Day 4: Yellow/Red

Morning tours: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
Afternoon tours: 1:30-5 p.m.


 

Purple Tour
Governor Holmes 
Greenlea
Texada

Open 9:00 am-12:30 pm

March 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, April 4

Hawthorne 1814


23 Hawthorne Place at Lower Woodville Road
Jenkins Family
  • Four identical elliptical fanlight doorways
  • Magnificent live oaks and parklike grounds
  • Family heirlooms and Natchez-made antiques

Elms Court 1835-1840


542 John R. Junkin Drive
MacNeil Family
  • Lavish ironwork
  • Terraced gardens
  • Remains of 1850's residential gas works

Texada 1798


222 South Wall Street
Randy & Helen Smith
  • Most highly valued house in 1805 city tax roll
  • Built by a Spaniard, later used as Mississippi's first capitol building
  • A family home, finely restored in the 1960's and furnished with appropriate period antiques
Green Tour
Green Leaves
The Burn
Lansdowne

Open 1:30-5 p.m.
March 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, April 4

The Burn 1832


712 N. Union Street
Green Family
  • One of Natchez's most significant purely Greek Revival homes
  • Terraced gardens with over 100 heirloom camellias & azaleas
  • Setting for the novel Pilgrimage, A Tale of Old Natchez

Lansdowne 1853


17 Marshall Road
 Marshall Family
  • Occupied by descendants of the original builder on land; owned by family since 1780's
  • Original furnishings
  • Original Zuber wallpaper

Twin Oaks 1832


71 Homochitto Street
Charboneau Family
  • Originally home of notorious couple Pierce & Cornelia Connelly
  • Collection of silver made by Profilet, ancestor of present owner
  • History of biscuits during the Civil War with tastings of biscuits and almond sweet tea
Peach Tour
Linden
Magnolia Hall
Airlie

Open 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

March 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, April 1 and 5

Auburn 1812


400 Duncan Avenue at Auburn Avenue
Antebellum Auburn & the City of Natchez
  • Home of the first Mississippi attorney general 
  • Established this style of columned portico in the South
  • Freestanding spiral staircase

Magnolia Hall 1858


215 South Pearl Street at Washington Street
 The Natchez Garden Club
  • Pilgrimage costume museum
  • Blend of Victorian & Greek Revival architecture
  • Last great mansion built downtown before the Civil War

Governor Holmes House 1794


207 South Wall Street
Cates Family
  • Home of David Holmes, first elected governor of Mississippi
  • One of the few surviving residences from Natchez Spanish period
  • Original brick-between-post construction & picturesque courtyard with original cisterns
Orange Tour
Twin Oaks
Hope Farm
Richmond

Open 1:30-5 p.m.
March 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, April 1 and 5

Pleasant Hill 1832


310 S. Pearl Street
Mr. & Mrs. John Bergeron
  • Built by cotton merchant, planter John Henderson
  • In 1858 Pleasant Hill was moved with log rollers, one block south in order for son Tom Henderson to build Magnolia Hall
  • Lovely back gallery and gardens

Green Leaves 1838


303 S. Rankin St. at Washington St.
Beltzhoover Family
  • All original furnishings and family memorabilia 
  • Lush grounds and gardens
  • Occupied by descendants of the Koontz-Beltzhoover family since 1849

Elgin 1792-1840-1855


1 Elgin Plantation Road at Dunbar Road
 Calhoun Family
  • Quintessential plantation home on 25 acres
  • Informal gardens
  • Tour follows Dr. Jenkins' diary kept from 1841-1855
Pink Tour
Routhland
Hawthorne
Elms Court

Open 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

March 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, April 2 and 6

House on Ellicott Hill 1798


211 North Canal Street
The Natchez Garden Club
  • First American flag raised in Mississippi on this hill in 1797
  • One of the first houses built in Natchez
  • National Historic Landmark

The Towers 1798-1826-1858


801 Myrtle Avenue
Ginger Hyland
  • Exceptional collections of period lace, furnishings, beaded purses, & Moser glass
  • Five lush acres of sculpture gardens
  • Fine Italianate mansion

Airlie 1790


9 Elm Street
Freiberger Family
  • Used as Federal hospital during Union occupation of Natchez
  • Preserved rough hewn beams, small-paned windows, and fireplaces
  • Built during the Spanish period
Blue Tour
The Elms
Brandon Hall
Selma

Open 1:30-5 p.m.
March 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, April 2 and 6

Hope Farm 1775-1789


147 Homochitto Street at Duncan Ave.
 Banta Family
  • Early Spanish governor's home
  • Furnished with rare Natchez antiques
  • Lovely old-fashioned gardens

Brandon Hall 1856


Mile Marker 8.5 on Natchez Trace
Garber Family
  • Built by Gerard Brandon, son of first native-born governor of Mississippi
  • Stately Greek Revival, formerly a working plantation
  • Site of the Natchez Trace Parkway inauguration ceremony

Selma 1811


467 Selma Estates Road
Bornman Family
  • Built by Gerard Brandon, father of first Mississippi-born governor
  • Interior walls and ceilings are original blue poplar board
  • Typifies early Mississippi planter's cottage
Yellow Tour
House on Ellicott Hill
Shields Town House
The Towers

Open 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

March 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, April 3 and 7

Linden 1800


1 Linden Place at Melrose Avenue
 Feltus Family
  • Occupied by the same family since 1849
  • Richly detailed Federal doorway
  • All windows open to gracious front and back galleries

Routhland 1817


131 Winchester Road
The Charles E. Ratcliffe Family
  • Built as a Federal cottage and is on a portion of the original Routh grant
  • Later the residence of Civil War Brigadier, General Charles Clark, 24th Governor of Mississippi
  • Magnificent live oaks registered with the Louisiana Live Oak Society

Shields Town House 1860


701 North Union Street
William Samuel Perkins Family
  • Beautiful gardens and courtyard
  • Exquisitely furnished with period antiques
  • Last fine town house built before Civil War
Red Tour
Pleasant Hill
Auburn 
Elgin

Open 1:30-5 p.m.
March 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, April 3 and 7

The Elms 1804


801 Washington Street
Esther Carpenter Lowrey
  • Graceful inside iron staircase
  • Built in three distinct stages
  • Occupied by Drake, descendants since 1869

Greenlea 1855


211 South Wall Street
Carby Family
  • Original geometric garden
  • Gracious back gallery and courtyard
  • Fine Greek Revival town home

Richmond 1784-1832-1860


31 Government Fleet Road
John Shelby Marshall Family
  • Original furnishings
  • Occupied by Marshall Family since 1832
  • French Plantation, Colonial, and Greek Revival architectures
  
 
 
 
Saturday October 25, 2014