TUPELO, MS: The Natchez Trace Parkway will be celebrating its 75th anniversary on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The free, family-oriented event, to be held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, MS, will include live music, children’s activities, classic cars, and much more.
The day will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with opening remarks from Senator Thad Cochran, the Natchez Trace Parkway superintendent and other officials. Individuals representing the historical people of the Old Trace will be on hand to welcome visitors, including people portraying a “Kaintuck,” Civil War soldiers, and Meriwether Lewis.
Children will have the opportunity to earn a special Natchez Trace Parkway 75th Anniversary patch by participating in different activities, including a discovery walk, a mock archeological dig, and more.
Other activities include the music of the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association, classic cars from the years 1938-2013, and a booth where people with special memories of the parkway may record those stories. Food will be available to the public at 1938 prices, thanks to the support of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association.
The activities are free of charge. The Parkway Visitor Center is located at milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, just north of Tupelo, MS. For more information, please call 1-800-305-7417, or visit the parkway website at www.nps.gov/natr.