Pioneer Day at French Camp

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Pioneer Day at French Camp

Pioneer Day at French Camp

Second Saturday in May

Annual Festival

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Load the wagons and bring your family and friends – join us on the annually on the second Saturday in May at the French Camp Historic District for Pioneer Day! Take a step back in time and wander through our historic village of cabins, museum, antebellum home, and more. Enjoy a self-guided boardwalk tour, learn from period demonstrators or sit back and enjoy live music from local artists.

The event is open to the public and there is no entry fee. Concessions are available.

For more information or directions, visit us online at www.frenchcamp.org/historic or call us at 662.547.6482.

The French Camp Historic District is located at Mile Marker 181 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. All proceeds from Pioneer Day benefit the students of French Camp Academy.

Pioneer Weekend Getaway

Interested in a weekend getaway? Contact French Camp Guest Services for more information on our getaway packages!

French Camp Guest Services
(662) 547-6835
guestservices@frenchcamp.org
Click here to reserve online

The Christmas Star Program at Rainwater Observatory, Friday, December 9, 2011

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The Christmas Star Program at Rainwater Observatory, Friday, December 9, 2011

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free program for the Christmas season called “The Christmas Star”. This program will be presented on Friday, December 9, 2011, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, managing director of Rainwater Observatory.

The Christmas Star” or “Star of Bethlehem” has been debated among scientists and theologians for centuries. Was it a comet, supernova, planetary conjunction or a totally supernatural event that announced the birth of Jesus Christ? Edwin will lead us on an exciting and informative journey and help us discover more about this incredible celestial event using the latest biblical as well as scientific research.

Edwin Faughn is also an artist and lecturer specializing in space sciences and has presented hundreds of presentations to diverse groups including but not limited to universities, museums, science centers, schools, churches of most major denominations and other faith based and civic organizations. His original artwork has been featured in and on the covers of numerous international space science magazines, exhibitions and planetarium productions. A few of his credits include Scientific American, Federal Express World Headquarters and the world premiere of Titanic: The Exhibition. He also served nearly 20 years as the art director for the Sharpe Planetarium of the Pink Palace Family of Museums in Memphis, Tennessee.

After the presentation, weather permitting, an observing session will be held using Rainwater’s collection of telescopes including the largest in Mississippi. The planetarium can be used if the outdoor observing is clouded out. Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is located one mile east of the Natchez Trace Parkway off MS Highway 413 near the village of French Camp in Mississippi.

For more information contact Edwin Faughn at Rainwater Observatory: 662-547-7283 or info@rainwaterobservatory.org.

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Looking for Lodging? French Camp Bed and Breakfast Inn is located a mile from Rainwater Observatory.

The Council House Cafe is also located a mile away from Rainwater Observatory.

Bed and Breakfast Inn

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Bed and Breakfast Inn

French Camp Bed & Breakfast
Comfortable accommodations, delicious food, and gracious hospitality await you at the French Camp Bed & Breakfast.

Treat yourself to a refreshing night’s stay at the French Camp Bed and Breakfast Inn. The rustic appeal of 1800’s log cabins combined with 21st century amenities make this a unique B&B. You could choose a room  in the main cabin, or spend the night in the carriage house, where Greenwood Leflore’s historic carriage is displayed. Two other cabins can host families or small groups. Each room  or cabin has a private bath and access to comfortable living space. The charm of an 1800’s farmhouse and hospitality of your hosts will make you want to “stay awhile.” Enjoy a full southern breakfast before you head out to enjoy the other sites of French Camp or travel to your next Trace destination. You will be full, rested, and satisfied that you planned a stop at the French Camp Bed and Breakfast.

Contact Guest Services at (662) 547-6835, visit www.frenchcamp.org/historic or click here to make a reservation.

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A view of one of the guest rooms in the French Camp Bed & Breakfast.

Rainwater Observatory

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Rainwater Observatory

Established in 1985, Rainwater Observatory is now a premier, nationally known center for teaching astronomy and observing the heavens. Groups, individuals, schools, and amateur astronomers from across the nation come to programs and events. Teacher workshops are hosted for earning CEU’s. The annual Mid-south Stargaze in April brings those interested in the heavenly orbs from Central and South America as well as the good ole’ USA.

For scheduled events and contact information, visit www.rainwaterobservatory.org.

Camp of the Rising Son

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Camp of the Rising Son

Hall Lodge overlooks beautiful Lake Anne at the Rising Son Conference Center.

Located just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Natchez Trace, Hall Lodge, rustic cabins, and modern motel-style rooms await the young and young-at-heart. Initially styled to host the 6 weeks of summer camp for ages 7 – 17 year olds. Camp of the Rising Son now serves as a year-round retreat and camp center.

French Camp Academy started CRS in the early 1980’s with a few camp activities and has grown to offer over 17, plus off-site adventures.  During the remaining weeks of the year, family reunions, businesses, church and civic groups can take advantage of activites such as canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, or rocking on the back porch. Large and small meeting areas are well equiped, and catering is available.

Contact Camp of the Rising Son offices for summer camp information at (662) 547-6169. Guest Services can help with meetings, retreats, and conferences: (662) 547-6835.

www.campoftherisingson.com www.frenchcamp.org

Sorghum Molasses, The Old-Fashioned Way

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Sorghum Molasses, The Old-Fashioned Way

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Steam rises as sorghum syrup is made into molasses on the open firepit at French Camp, MS.

Visit French Camp, Mississippi on any Saturday in October for a first-hand look at making sorghum molasses. You’ll see the grinding of sorghum on a horsedrawn mill, cooking the syrup over an open firepit and packaging fresh molasses for you to take home. You may even be offered fresh homemade biscuits with hot molasses poured into the center. By the way, it’s okay to lick your fingers.
Please check ahead of time in case the weather isn’t cooperative: 662 547-6835 www.frenchcamp.org/historic

French Camp, MS Harvest Festival, October 13, 2012

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French Camp, MS Harvest Festival, October 13, 2012

Begins at 9:30 in the Cain-Patterson Gymnasium at French Camp Academy. An auction of handcrafted items including quilts, woodcrafts, ironwork and other items highlights this day in the fall. Other activities include: sorghum molasses processing, bluegrass music, craft demonstrations, dinner on the grounds, concessions and country store. Contact 662 547-6482 or www.frenchcamp.org/historic.

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Just a sample of the handcrafted items available at the Harvest Festival Auction.

Christmas Display in December

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Christmas Display in December

Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to be taxed…

Beautifully crafted Christmas displays line the lane running through the French Camp Historic District. Designed by the Community Club, these lighted scenes depict the Biblical account of Christ from the Annunciation through His Ascension. Enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk or drive through from the first week of December through the 26th

Council House Café

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Council House Café

 

Be filled to the gills with delicious soups, sandwiches, salads, and desserts served up with a smile at the Council House Cafe

Stop in to enjoy a hot, satisfying bowl of potato soup, some sweet and crunchy broccoli salad,  and a smoked turkey sandwich with a glass of sweet tea at the Council House Café. Follow it up with bread pudding topped with caramel sauce or Mississippi mud cake with a dollop of ice cream. All of our sandwiches are made on freshly baked French Camp bread.  Several choices of meats, soups, and salads are waiting for you. We would love to have you join us for a meal  Monday – Saturday. We open at 10:30 and close around 7:00.  COME SEE US!

We are thankful for all our patrons. Eating at the Council House Cafe is not only a satisfying culinary experience, but profits go directly to support deserving young people through scholarship aid at French Camp Academy. For take-out orders  or to make reservations for groups of 10 or more, please call 662-547-9860. Tour buses welcomed with advance notice.