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Report 2041: Driving the Great Mississippi River Road

By BJinNM from New Mexico, Fall 2012

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Page 26 of 33: Day 26-Natchez, MS

photo by BJ Firestone

Over the top decorations for Halloween

After an absolutely amazing breakfast, we set out for the City Cemetery where my great-grandparents and two aunts and an uncle are buried. Since we had previously visited this cemetery, we did not feel a need to explore it and we also were hopeful we could find my relatives' graves again. It turned out to be very easy since they are buried very close to a narrow road we happen to turn onto. Everything was being kept in wonderful shape and it was a pleasure to be able to remember these relatives.

Since the Cemetery is near the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, we drove over to the River overlooks. The view is spectacular. On one of the streets leading to the Bluffs, one of the houses was decorated "over the top" for Halloween.

We stopped by the Natchez Visitors' Center and bought tickets to tour two of the many mansions in Natchez. While there, we watched a movie about the history of Natchez and the surrounding area. We had tried to go to the Visitors' Center yesterday, but true to form, we got there five minutes after they closed.

First we went to Rosalie Mansion which is just a few blocks down the road from the Visitors' Center. Rosalie was built in the early 1820s and during the Civil War was taken over by U.S.Grant as headquarters for the area. There are no pictures allowed on the inside so you will have to go see it yourselves!

Leaving Rosalie we then went to Stanton Hall, another town home for a plantation owner. It was finished in 1858. Again inside pictures are not allowed so go to Natchez and see it!

Our final destination today was "The Forks of the Road" Historical Site. It was here that the Natchez Slave Market took place with slaves sent from all over the country to Natchez to be sold, mostly as field hands on the cotton plantations. There is nothing left but the documentation that is presented here is sobering!

Back to the B&B we went for a break in the tourist day! Since we are the only people here tonight, Alan felt very comfortable going into the Library and playing his violin. I downloaded our pictures and then took my book outside and enjoyed the beautiful backyard and the very friendly cat. The innkeeper brought us a glass of wine and suggested we go to dinner at the Castle Restaurant which is on the grounds of Dunleith Mansion. It turned out to be a world class meal!

Tomorrow we leave Natchez and travel to Vacherie, Louisiana. Oak Alley Plantation is our next B&B and we are planning on touring it and several other plantation homes along the River. This is something I have always wanted to do and, hopefully, Alan won't be too bored looking at antiques and homes.

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