Hernando de Soto’s Encampment Comes to Life

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TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway will host a living history encampment representing the expedition of Hernando de Soto on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The encampment will be set up outside of the Parkway Visitor Center from 10 am to 3 pm. Through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, visitors can learn about Hernando de Soto’s interactions with the Chickasaw along the historic Natchez Trace during the winter of 1540-41. These programs are free to the public.

A Hernando de Soto encampment reenactor teaches a young visitor how the conquistadors trained for their expedition (NPS Photo)

From September 15 through October 15, 2019, the visitor center will feature an exhibit and film commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month. Visitors can view a photo exhibit or learn more about the de Soto expedition through the short film, “Hernando de Soto in America.”

The visitor center is located along the Parkway at milepost 266, near Tupelo, Mississippi. For more information about this and other Parkway programs, please visit nps.gov/natr or call 1-800-305-7417.