French Camp Pioneer Day

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French Camp Pioneer Day

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Local artisan, Susan Donald, demonstrates mosaic work. Susan is also the potter at French Camp Academy’s Children of God Pottery Studio.

The whole family will find plenty of fun things to do and see on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Pioneer Day in French Camp, MS. Activities start at 9:00 and wrap up around 4:00. Admission to the festival is free.

You can step back in time as you wander through the Natchez Trace Historic District, where the air will be filled with invigorating sounds of music and tantalizing aromas of food. Artisans, showcasing their crafts will welcome you to watch, or maybe try your hand, at pottery, chair caning, wood carving, quilting, basket weaving, and more.

The Log Cabin Gift Shop will be stocked with Children of God pottery and beautiful handcrafts by local artisans. The Council House Café will serve up their famous sandwiches and desserts. (Proceeds are used to support FCA students.)

French Camp, MS, is located at the crossroads of MS Highway 413 and the Natchez Trace Parkway, about halfway between Jackson and Tupelo.

For updates on Pioneer Day, visit our website www.frenchcamp.org/historic. If you are interested in being a vendor or demonstrator, call Brittany Henderson at 662-547-6482.

La Fiesta Grande Too

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La Fiesta Grande Too

  • 339 D’Evereux Drive
  • Natchez, MS 39120
  • Phone: (601) 442-2333
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La Fiesta II is a sister restaurant to La Fiesta.  The Mexican restaurant is so popular, that over-crowding becomes an issue.  The owner’s have also located La Fiesta II so that it is convenient to locals living on the North end of town.  The only difference between the two is that La Fiesta II is a completely non-smoking facility.  The food and service are just as great as that of the original.  If you have a hankering for some Mexican cuisine and are looking for a smoke free place to eat, then head out Highway 61 North and look for LF II on the North frontage road just beyond the Highway 84 intersection. 

The Dining Pavilion at The Briars

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The Dining Pavilion at The Briars

The view from this fabulous restaurant is among the most spectacular anywhere along the mighty Mississippi, and the food is equally grand. Our dining is ideal for a quiet intimate dinner for two to celebrate an anniversary or just to get away to reconnect. We can serve two or twenty and make it special!

The Natchez Convention & Visitors Bureau

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The Natchez Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Natchez Convention & Visitors Bureau is your official resource for meetings, weddings, vacations and group tours. Located inside the Natchez Visitor Center, we are here to answer all your questions with insider information, from the best views of the Mississippi River to the best biscuits in the South. Give us a call, or order a free visitor guide to start planning your trip today. Y’all Come – and see for yourself.

The Natchez Convention & Visitors Bureau

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The Natchez Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Natchez Convention & Visitors Bureau is your official resource for meetings, weddings, vacations and group tours. Located inside the Natchez Visitor Center, we are here to answer all your questions with insider information, from the best views of the Mississippi River to the best biscuits in the South. Give us a call, or order a free visitor guide to start planning your trip today. Y’all Come – and see for yourself.

Historic Jefferson College

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Historic Jefferson College

Jefferson College, incorporated by an act of the first General Assembly of the Mississippi Territory in 1802, was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States and president of the American Philosophical Society. Territorial governor William C. C. Claiborne served as president of the college’s first Board of Trustees.

After years of initial financial difficulties, Jefferson College opened its doors on January 7, 1811, as a preparatory school, with fifteen students. Funds from Congress, the Legislature, and private citizens led the way to new prosperity, and by 1817 Jefferson College had become a full-fledged college; ten-year-old Jefferson Davis attended in 1818. By 1819 a new building, the East Wing, designed by prominent Natchez architect Levi Weeks, was complete.

In 1830 the college purchased the Methodist church building that had housed the 1817 Mississippi statehood convention, renovated it in 1832, and in 1839 completed construction of a new West Wing.

Historic Jefferson College

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Historic Jefferson College

Jefferson College, incorporated by an act of the first General Assembly of the Mississippi Territory in 1802, was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States and president of the American Philosophical Society. Territorial governor William C. C. Claiborne served as president of the college’s first Board of Trustees.

After years of initial financial difficulties, Jefferson College opened its doors on January 7, 1811, as a preparatory school, with fifteen students. Funds from Congress, the Legislature, and private citizens led the way to new prosperity, and by 1817 Jefferson College had become a full-fledged college; ten-year-old Jefferson Davis attended in 1818. By 1819 a new building, the East Wing, designed by prominent Natchez architect Levi Weeks, was complete.

In 1830 the college purchased the Methodist church building that had housed the 1817 Mississippi statehood convention, renovated it in 1832, and in 1839 completed construction of a new West Wing.

Emerald Mound

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Emerald Mound

emeraldmoundDesignated a National Historic Landmark, Emerald is one of the largest mounds in North America. Covering eight acres, Emerald Mound measures 770 by 435 feet at the base and is 35 feet high. The mound was built by depositing earth along the sides of a natural hill, thus reshaping it and creating an enormous artificial plateau. Two smaller mounds sit atop the expansive summit platform of the primary mound. The larger of the two, at the west end, measures 190 by 160 feet and is 30 feet high. Several additional smaller mounds were once located along the edges of the primary mound summit, but were destroyed in the 19th century by plowing and erosion. Emerald Mound, built and used during the Mississippian period between 1250 and 1600 A.D.,was a ceremonial center for the local population, which resided in outlying villages and hamlets. Its builders were ancestors of the Natchez Indians. By the late 1600s, the Natchez had abandoned Emerald and established their capital at the Grand Village some 12 miles to the southwest.

Emerald Mound Site, near Natchez Trace Parkway, is about 10 miles northeast of Natchez, Mississippi (milepost 10.3). Exit parkway at Rte. 553 intersection; follow signs to mound, about 1 mile. Open to the public daily, free of charge.

Emerald Mound

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Emerald Mound

emeraldmoundDesignated a National Historic Landmark, Emerald is one of the largest mounds in North America. Covering eight acres, Emerald Mound measures 770 by 435 feet at the base and is 35 feet high. The mound was built by depositing earth along the sides of a natural hill, thus reshaping it and creating an enormous artificial plateau. Two smaller mounds sit atop the expansive summit platform of the primary mound. The larger of the two, at the west end, measures 190 by 160 feet and is 30 feet high. Several additional smaller mounds were once located along the edges of the primary mound summit, but were destroyed in the 19th century by plowing and erosion. Emerald Mound, built and used during the Mississippian period between 1250 and 1600 A.D.,was a ceremonial center for the local population, which resided in outlying villages and hamlets. Its builders were ancestors of the Natchez Indians. By the late 1600s, the Natchez had abandoned Emerald and established their capital at the Grand Village some 12 miles to the southwest.

Emerald Mound Site, near Natchez Trace Parkway, is about 10 miles northeast of Natchez, Mississippi (milepost 10.3). Exit parkway at Rte. 553 intersection; follow signs to mound, about 1 mile. Open to the public daily, free of charge.

Natchez National Historical Park

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Natchez National Historical Park

natchezparkNatchez National Historical Park is located in Natchez, Mississippi, near the intersection of US 61 and US 65/84.

European settlement of Natchez began with a French trading post in 1714. Control passed to Spain in 1779 and to the United States in 1798. In the decades before the Civil War, Natchez became a commercial, cultural, and social center of the South’s “cotton belt.” The city today represents one of the best preserved concentrations of significant antebellum properties in the United States. Within the park are Melrose, an excellent example of a planter’s home, and the home of William Johnson, a free African-American businessman, whose diary tells the story of everyday life in antebellum Natchez.

Park visitors can enjoy guided tours of the Melrose mansion and self-guided tours of grounds. Walking tours and living history events are also scheduled throughout the year.

The Natchez Visitor Reception Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Melrose is open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Guided tours are offered on the hour from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The William Johnson House is open Thursday through Sunday from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

Natchez National Historical Park

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Natchez National Historical Park

natchezparkNatchez National Historical Park is located in Natchez, Mississippi, near the intersection of US 61 and US 65/84.

European settlement of Natchez began with a French trading post in 1714. Control passed to Spain in 1779 and to the United States in 1798. In the decades before the Civil War, Natchez became a commercial, cultural, and social center of the South’s “cotton belt.” The city today represents one of the best preserved concentrations of significant antebellum properties in the United States. Within the park are Melrose, an excellent example of a planter’s home, and the home of William Johnson, a free African-American businessman, whose diary tells the story of everyday life in antebellum Natchez.

Park visitors can enjoy guided tours of the Melrose mansion and self-guided tours of grounds. Walking tours and living history events are also scheduled throughout the year.

The Natchez Visitor Reception Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Melrose is open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Guided tours are offered on the hour from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The William Johnson House is open Thursday through Sunday from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

Historic Homes

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Historic Homes

From National Historic Landmark properties to unassuming old houses that families have called home for generations, historic properties crowd the landscape of Natchez, making it one of the most architecturally and historically interesting places around.

Take a look here to learn more about Natchez Pilgrimage Tours.

Historic Homes

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Historic Homes

From National Historic Landmark properties to unassuming old houses that families have called home for generations, historic properties crowd the landscape of Natchez, making it one of the most architecturally and historically interesting places around.

Take a look here to learn more about Natchez Pilgrimage Tours.

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing 24,442 acres, with a potential size of 34,256 acres, is located in Adams County in southwest Mississippi. The headquarters lies ten miles south of Natchez. The western refuge boundary is formed by the Mississippi River. The eastern boundary meanders along the loessal bluffs and the southern boundary is the Homochitto River.

Habitat on the refuge offers a myriad of ecological niches for wildlife. Cypress swamps and hardwood forests vegetated with oak, gum, elm, ash, cottonwood and pine comprise thirty percent of the refuge. Ten percent of the acreage is open water, while the remaining property consists of cleared land and batture land.

The refuge is open to the public year-round. Available activities include fishing, hunting, bird watching and hiking. A three-mile nature trail is located near the headquarters where visitors can enjoy a peaceful opportunity to view wildlife.

Refuge headquarters are open 7:30 am until 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. They are closed all Federal holidays. Refuge hours are sunup to sundown.

  • 1 W. Sibley Farms Road
  • Sibley, MS 39165
  • Phone: (601) 442-6696
  • Visit Website

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing 24,442 acres, with a potential size of 34,256 acres, is located in Adams County in southwest Mississippi. The headquarters lies ten miles south of Natchez. The western refuge boundary is formed by the Mississippi River. The eastern boundary meanders along the loessal bluffs and the southern boundary is the Homochitto River.

Habitat on the refuge offers a myriad of ecological niches for wildlife. Cypress swamps and hardwood forests vegetated with oak, gum, elm, ash, cottonwood and pine comprise thirty percent of the refuge. Ten percent of the acreage is open water, while the remaining property consists of cleared land and batture land.

The refuge is open to the public year-round. Available activities include fishing, hunting, bird watching and hiking. A three-mile nature trail is located near the headquarters where visitors can enjoy a peaceful opportunity to view wildlife.

Refuge headquarters are open 7:30 am until 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. They are closed all Federal holidays. Refuge hours are sunup to sundown.

  • 1 W. Sibley Farms Road
  • Sibley, MS 39165
  • Phone: (601) 442-6696
  • Visit Website

Natchez Trails

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Natchez Trails

The Natchez Trails are a combination of city streets and walkways which are dotted with kiosks depicting the history of the area in which you are walking. The trails run throughout the downtown area and along the bluff overlooking the river. Pedestrians and cyclists can share parts of the trails, and you can wind your way down to the edge of the mighty Mississippi River by way of the beautiful boardwalk which follows the contour of the bluff’s facade. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, it is a great way to learn a lot about the abundant history of Natchez. The trail is wide enough atop the bluff to be shared by walkers and those just wanting to take a look at the river or watch a magnificent sunset over neighboring Louisiana. You can add an extra day to your stay just to spend it walking along the Natchez Trails.

Natchez Trails

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Natchez Trails

The Natchez Trails are a combination of city streets and walkways which are dotted with kiosks depicting the history of the area in which you are walking. The trails run throughout the downtown area and along the bluff overlooking the river. Pedestrians and cyclists can share parts of the trails, and you can wind your way down to the edge of the mighty Mississippi River by way of the beautiful boardwalk which follows the contour of the bluff’s facade. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, it is a great way to learn a lot about the abundant history of Natchez. The trail is wide enough atop the bluff to be shared by walkers and those just wanting to take a look at the river or watch a magnificent sunset over neighboring Louisiana. You can add an extra day to your stay just to spend it walking along the Natchez Trails.

Homochitto National Forest

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Homochitto National Forest

You will find nature at its finest throughout the Homochitto National Forest and could spend hours hiking along the many creeks and trails that thread this enchanting woodland. The Clear Springs Recreational Area, consisting of a man-made lake, campground, picnic grounds, swim area, and two hiking trails. The longer of the two trails in the Recreation Area, Clear Springs Trail, is developing a reputation as one of the top three mountain-bike trails in Mississippi. Most campsites are secluded and either overlook the lake or are within an easy walk of the lake. Two CCC constructed pavilions on either side of the lake provide a comfortable place to enjoy the surrounding beauty and watch the wildlife. With a nice assortment of car, tent, recreational vehicle (RV), and motorhome-friendly camping, Clear Spring offers diverse collection of activities that will keep all entertained making it a good place for a family camping vacation.