Milepost 175.6 – Cole Creek – A short self-guiding trail through a water Tupelo/bald-cypress swamp.
French Camp along the Natchez Trace Parkway is a delightful mix of the old and new.
Discover how early Americans lived in the Natchez Trace Historic District of French Camp Academy. Walk through the authentic antebellum home, visit an old graveyard, and reminisce in the museum. Spend the night in the rustic (but fully modernized) French Camp Bed and Breakfast, constructed from log cabins. Dine at the Council House Cafe and shop at the Log Cabin Gift Shop. See the galaxies through research grade telescopes at Rainwater Observatory. Stop by the bakery for a fresh loaf of homemade bread. Plan a conference or retreat at Rising Son Conference Center. Get a visitors pass and schedule a tour of French Camp Academy, a Christian boarding school serving young people and their families since 1885.
Ninety miles north of Ridgeland, this timeless treasure abounds with a colorful past of generals, pirates, explorers, Indians, bootleggers and buried gold. The real French Camp Story is not about a place, but about the people. The pioneering spirit and resourcefulness of the first settlers carved a way of life from the abundant Mississippi wilderness. Their community-wide commitment to the education and spiritual development of their children provide the foundation for French Camp Academy, a school born of humble beginnings in the nineteenth century.
French Camp Academy Historic District
Milepost 176.3 – Bethel Mission – One of the 13 Choctaw missions was one-half mile to the northwest. Picnic area.
Milepost 180.7 – French Camp – Louis LeFleur established a stand here in 1812. It became a school in 1822 and remains one to this day. Sorghum is made here in the fall.
Milepost 201.3 – Picnic area.
French Camp Pioneer Day–May 9, 2015. Arts & crafts vendors and demonstrators; gospel and bluegrass bands featuring The Guardians; square dancing; horse & buggy rides; kids’ carnival; family games; period costumes; food
French Camp Harvest Festival Saturday, October 12, 2013. French Camp, MS. Features a grand auction of homegrown and handcrafted items beginning at 9:30 AM in the French Camp Academy gymnasium. Quilts, pottery, woodcrafts, produce, artwork, and jewelry are some of the items for auction. The Country Store features more of the same already priced. Concessions […]
Pioneer Day is a welcome step-back in time, where front porch visiting and trading crafts and stories were the tradition.
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 […]
The French Camp Bed and Breakfast, styled after an 1800’s farm house, will charm you into wanting to “stay awhile,” or “come again.”
Rainwater Observatory hosts hundreds of people each year and features 17 telescops, a planetarium, model solar system, and space art exhibit.
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 […]
Experience molasses making, from grinding the sorghum to packaging this sweet syrup
Full day of auctioning handmade items, bluegrass music, craft demonstrations dinner on the grounds and more
Enjoy generous servings of food and southern hospitality at the Council House Cafe.
French Camp, MS is a delightful mix of the old and new. From log cabins to a premier observatory, French Camp is rich in its offerings.