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The Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway leads you 444 miles through three states and 10,000 years of North American history. Established as a unit of the National Park System in 1938 and officially completed in 2005, the Parkway commemorates the most significant highway of the Old Southwest. The natural travel corridor that became the Natchez Trace dates back many centuries. It bisected the traditional homelands of the Natchez, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. As the United States expanded westward in the late 1700s and early 1800s, growing numbers of travelers tramped the rough trail into a clearly marked path. The ”sunken” sections you can walk along today are clear signs of historic use. In 1801 President Thomas Jefferson designated the Trace a national postal road for the delivery of mail between Nashville and Natchez.
French Marine Reenactor to “Recruit” Junior Rangers at the Natchez Trace Parkway
Posted on June 17th, 2013
(TUPELO, MS)-The Natchez Trace Parkway will welcome Public Historian Brian Mast to the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center on June 29, 2013. Mast, from the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama, will present a 45-minute Junior Ranger program at 10:00 a.m. entitled “We Want YOU for the French Marines!” Following the program, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Mast will share his knowledge of the time period with visitors of all ages through a display of French Marine equipment. Continue reading
Natchez Trace Parkway Multi-use Trail Segment 3P20 Wetland and Floodplain Statement of Findings Open for Public Comment
Posted on June 10th, 2013
The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared a draft Statements of Findings for Wetlands and Floodplains (SOFs) for Multi-use Trail Segment 3P20, a trail beginning at the Osburn Stand Parking Lot to 200 feet west of County Line Road at Milepost 94.95(from approximately Milepost 93.7 to Milepost 94.95). The SOFs are available for review from June 12 – 27, 2013. They have been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Director’s Order 77-1, and Executive Orders 11990 and 11988. The SOFs provide guidance in determining appropriate mitigation for potential impacts to wetlands and floodplains as a result of trail construction. Continue reading
Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, June 22, 2013
Posted on June 5th, 2013
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will perform living history demonstrations that show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840. The demonstrations will take place at the Natchez Trace … Continue reading