Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez

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The 128-acre Grand Village of the Natchez Indians site features a museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, and three ceremonial mounds. Grand Village is a museum of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Two of the mounds, the Great Sun's Mound and the Temple Mound, have been excavated and rebuilt to their original sizes and shapes. A religious structure once stood atop the Temple Mound and housed bones of previous chiefs (called Suns). A sacred perpetual fire was kept in the Temple's inner sanctum, symbolic of the sun, from which the royal family had descended. A third mound, called the Abandoned Mound, has been only partially excavated.

After three major archaeological excavations at the Grand Village by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, no more digging investigations are planned for the site. The unexcavated areas of the site will be preserved intact, representing a sort of "time capsule" from the Natchez Indians' past.

Additional features of the site include a nature trail and a Visitor Center with gift shop featuring Native American crafts. Admission is free.
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  • Thought this would be far more interesting and would contain a lot more artefacts alas no very little there and the signage could have been a lot better. Very disappointing considering the area has su...  more »
  • The visitor center for this site is wonderful. The information given is superb. Just a short walk to the mounds will refresh any seasoned traveler. Not flashy, not super touristy; just an awesome loca...  more »
  • although it was very cold, we toured the whole area. the mounds are in good shape and the museum has very good information and a video. want to go back in april when they have the big POW WOW.  more »
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  • The visitor center portion of this park was far more interesting to me than the mounds but I'll readily admit that we visit these sites because my husband likes to. The information in the VC is excellent and the woman staffing it when we were there was wonderfully friendly and helpful. But, if you enjoy archeology and can imagine the site itself will probably be more thrilling. To be sure walking around what are sacred places to the Natchez is moving and thinking what it would be like if they had not been driven out is through provoking but the replica house for the Natchez had not been rebuilt when we were there so you simply walk from mound and to mound and read the signage.
  • Stylish and informative exhibits designed with respect for the Natchez culture. Relaxed, free and easy to knock out in an afternoon. Don't forget to see nearby Emerald Mound, second largest of its type in the US.
  • Awesome town, full of history. We will be going back for the Music on the Mounds festival again in 2018.
  • Enjoyed our visit here. Nice selection of baskets for purchasing. We were able to walk our dogs as we explored the small site. Definitely make an effort to visit Poverty Point. Another terrific Mound site that was named a World Heritage Site in 2014. Historically on par with Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, also a WH site along with Yellowstone and Glacial National Parks.
  • Staff was great. Small but very interesting.
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