Press Releases

Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, February 25, 2012

February 9, 2012

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. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The public is invited to watch pioneer lifestyle activities that often include corn-shuck doll making, basket weaving, beading, and quill pen demonstrations. Leatherworking and mountain dulcimer demonstrations will also be offered throughout the day. Children are invited to participate by dressing up in pioneer clothes and trying these activities firsthand.

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

February 3, 2012

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, February 18, 2012, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

Natchez Trace Parkway to Present USCT Civil War Program

January 27, 2012

TUPELO, MS – Discover what life may have been like for a member of the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center. In celebration of Black History Month, a ranger in USCT dress will present “Will They Fight,” giving families the opportunity to hear about the challenges African American soldiers faced. Visitors can also see a soldier’s equipment and watch a non-firing musket demonstration.

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

December 26, 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, January 14, 2012, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

Two New Bridges Opened on the Natchez Trace Parkway

December 26, 2011

Two new bridges will open today as part of the ongoing Highway 6 construction project being completed by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Over the past two years, Natchez Trace Parkway traffic was detoured while the new bridges were constructed over the future Highway 6 crossing.

Pedaling toward a better world: Cyclists riding down the Natchez Trace to raise awareness of poverty housing

November 21, 2011

This spring a group of cyclists will pedal down the Natchez Trace Parkway as a part of the fifth annual Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure, an endeavor that supports The Fuller Center for Housing’s mission to eliminate poverty housing. The ride will cover more than 400 miles over the course of one week with an average of 65 miles a day.

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

November 4, 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.

Donations of Non-Perishable Food Items to Second Harvest Food Bank Gain Free Admission to Frist Center Galleries Mondays through Dec. 26

November 2, 2011

In what has become a holiday tradition at the Frist Center, visitors bringing non-perishable food items to the Frist Center on Mondays in November and December receive free admission to the Frist Center’s galleries.

Natchez Trace Parkway to Host Choctaw Heritage Celebration

October 21, 2011

The Natchez Trace Parkway is pleased to host the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians for a Choctaw Heritage Celebration on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The event, in commemoration of American Indian Heritage Month, will be held at the Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266), just north of Tupelo, MS, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Natchez Trace Parkway Detour at Highway 412 in Tennessee

October 12, 2011

Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce a detour at milepost 391, east of Hohenwald, TN, at Highway 412 starting on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is widening TN Highway 412. A longer Parkway bridge at milepost 391.3 will be constructed to span the enlarged highway.