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Natchez National Historical Park, Natchez

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  • The Natchez National Historical Park will give you a taste of the local area in ante bellum and post-Civil War Mississippi. The great house tour is outstanding. The Park Rangers are very knowledgeable...  read more »
  • Wonderful historic home preserved by US Parks Service. Great guides. Interesting history and architecture. 
  • There is nothing to see at this location except an antebellum home -- and that is available only through guided tours. The last tour of the day begins at 3:00. We got there later and found nothing to ...  read more »
  • This is a must see stop when visiting Natchez and the Natchez Trace area. Melissa, the resident National Park employee, was truly amazing. All visitors got a friendly greeting, she was knowledgeable about the area (birds included ;o), and was a great ambassador for the park! We opted to take the $10 tour of the Melrose Plantation house on the property and we're so glad we did. It gave us a great overview of the history of this area and how Melrose and it's inhabitants lived. The Parks volunteer docent was really knowledgeable. His passion about the subject was evident throughout the hour long tour. He's research of not only the home, but the era and area really helped to bring it alive. Delivered with a healthy dose of humor and seriousness, this tour was perfect. Wonderful job!
  • Recent restoration to the exterior is stunning. Tour guides are the best in Natchez. One of the few places that allow photographs.
  • This was an amazing tour. Barney was an amazing guide. He brought me to tears at the end of the tour with the bond that was never broken! I left teary but exceptionally happy!
  • Melrose is an exceptional home because of the number of unique, original pieces of personal belongings from the builders. Beautiful home! The park rangers were very friendly and Melissa gave our tour. I love that this property is owned by the National Parks Service and can apply for grants to continue returning this home to her original state.
  • I am a writer and photographer for National Park Planner and I visited the Natchez National Historical Park in November 2014. The park was created to preserve the history of Natchez, Mississippi. Natchez served as Mississippi’s first capital and is more than one hundred years older than Jackson, the state’s current capital city. Natchez was one of the busiest slave trading hubs in the south, second only to New Orleans, and was home to more millionaires than any other city in the country. Many of these men built their mansions in Natchez, taking advantage of the high ground above the Mississippi River that was immune to flooding. Its antebellum homes were spared from destruction when the Union army decided to occupy the town after the battle at Vicksburg instead of burning it to the ground. General Grant even made his headquarters in one of the mansions. Natchez now claims to have more antebellum homes than any other city. Two of these homes, both in stark contrast to one another, now make up the Natchez National Historical Park. The Melrose Mansion is the park’s main draw. An ornate palace built in the Greek Revival architectural style, it originally sat in the countryside that surrounded Natchez, but today it resides in what would be the suburbs. The mansion was built in the 1840s and served as the home of plantation owner John McMurran (being a home, this is not the site of a farming plantation). Visitors can tour the mansion with a park Ranger and walk around the grounds, which include “out buildings” such as slave quarters, a stable, and a carriage house. A garden is also on the property. Melrose is one of many antebellum mansions open to the public in Natchez. Unlike the glamorous home of John McMurran, the William Johnson house can easily be mistaken for a brick office building in downtown Natchez. Johnson was born into slavery, being the child of his white master and black slave mother. However, it appears that he was raised as part of the family. He was freed by his father when he was eleven. Johnson’s claim to fame is that he wrote a daily diary for sixteen years, from 1835 until he was murdered in 1851. This was during a time when it was illegal for blacks to read or write. Packed away for years, the diaries were discovered and published in 1951 and are considered among the finest written accounts of daily life in a small, antebellum town. Johnson went on to become quite wealthy as a barber, operating three shops in Natchez and the surrounding area. He was also a slave owner. His home is now open to the pubic, with a museum about his life on the lower floor and his living quarters on the upper floor. Visitors are allowed to tour the living quarters on their own. A park Ranger is on duty to answer any questions. A third property, the site of Fort Rosalie, is not yet open to the public but should be ready by 2016. However, there are no remains of the fort, so the area will serve more as a park. For complete information on the park and plenty of quality photos, please visit National Park Planner (npplan. you know what).
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