Press Releases

Wildflower Walk at the Natchez Trace Parkway

May 3, 2011

Join a park ranger on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Chickasaw Village Site for a Wildflower Walk.

Jeff Busby Campground Temporarily Closed on Natchez Trace Parkway

May 2, 2011

MS, AL, TN: Due to last week’s storms, the Natchez Trace Parkway is temporarily closing the Jeff Busby Campground, located at milepost 193.1, in Mississippi. The campground will reopen once damage assessments have been completed and mitigated.

For additional information and/or updates regarding the Jeff Busby Campground closure, visit www.nps.gov/natr or call (662) 680-4027.

Franklin Theatre Launches New Website

April 28, 2011

The legendary Franklin Theatre today launched its new web site at www.franklintheatre.com with a message urging moviegoers and music fans: “Don’t stand in line. Buy online.”

In unveiling the new site, the 290-seat theater made tickets available for its first month of current-run movies. All movie showings will be $5 for the first 90 days.

Storms Cause Severe Damage on Natchez Trace Parkway

April 27, 2011

MS, Al, TN: The Natchez Trace Parkway was significantly impacted by severe weather between Nashville, TN, and Jackson, MS. Parkway crews are in the process of assessing damage and clearing the roadway. Many sections of the Parkway are closed or inaccessible due to hundreds of fallen trees. Traveling public should be careful as conditions remain dangerous.

Franklin Theatre Unveils Grand Re-Opening Plans

April 15, 2011

The Franklin Theatre today unveiled plans for its grand re-opening on the weekend of June 3-5, including a 1930s-themed street party in downtown Franklin and a late-night screening of the Oscar-winning film classic “Gone With the Wind.”

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, which owns the newly restored Franklin Theatre, announced plans to close Main Street on the evening of Friday, June 3, pending approval from the city of Franklin, to celebrate the historic movie house’s re-opening with a swinging ’30s-themed party. The Franklin Theatre originally opened in 1937.

Living History Encampment at Mount Locust

March 17, 2011

The Natchez Trace Parkway will host period re-enactors who will erect lodges (tents) on the grounds of Mount Locust similar to those used by frontiersmen for shelter during the years 1790-1810. Visitors are invited to view the encampment on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. The public is invited to watch frontier lifestyle demonstrations that include cooking and tomahawk throwing. Period toys will be on display.

The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association

March 15, 2011

A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association teaches dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing its knowledge and talents. The Appalachian mountain dulcimer is the first instrument developed in the United States.

Cancellation of Program by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association

February 18, 2011

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled program by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the Parkway Visitor Center has been canceled.

Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, February 26, 2011

February 18, 2011

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 Parkway Visitor Center (located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi) from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2011.