TUPELO, MS: The Natchez Trace Parkway debuted a new orientation film on Friday, August 29 at the Parkway Visitor Center in Tupelo, MS. Funded through the National Scenic Byways Program and produced by Great Divide, Inc., the film showcases the beauty and history of the Natchez Trace.
“In addition to highlighting the history of the Old Trace, the film includes some outstanding aerial footage and beautiful shots of the Parkway’s diverse natural and scenic beauty. We were also very fortunate to find a wonderful narrator in Amy Grant, who generously donated her time and distinctive voice to this project,” says Superintendent Mary Risser.
The film incorporates footage taken in cooperation with classic car clubs, bicycling clubs, and local reenactors. Chief of Interpretation Terry Wildy noted that “The Parkway encompasses over 10,000 years of history, and it was a challenge to choose what stories to highlight while keeping the film concise. We are grateful for the support of our partners, staff, volunteers and Parkway visitors in making this a successful project.”
The 17-minute film will be supplemented by individual short films, or “shorts” that will offer additional footage and interviews on the American Indian perspective, travelers on the Old Trace, Meriwether Lewis, recreation, and the Parkway’s natural resources. The film and its associated “shorts” will be placed online in the coming weeks to reach a wider audience.
The film is free and can be viewed upon request at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, located along the Parkway at Milepost 266, near Tupelo, Mississippi. For additional information, please call the visitor center at: 662-680-4027 or 1-800-305-7417.