Natchez Visitor Reception Center
The Natchez Visitor Reception Center, is located at the intersection of Hwy 84 and Canal Streets, and is home to the City of Natchez Visitor information services, the Mississippi Welcome Center, and the National Park Service information services.
Here you have:
- make hotel and b&b reservations
- downtown transportation connections
- Natchez ticketshop
- Natchez exhibitions
- gift shop
- internet / email service kiosk
- 24 hours restrooms & vending machines
- ATM services
and a 20-minute show : THE NATCHEZ STORY
Open 7 days a week:
monday - saturday : 8:30 AM -5:00PM
sunday : 9:00AM -4:00PM
(closed thanksgiving, christmas and new years day)
It's Robert E. Lee
As we toured home after home during the annual Natchez Pilgrimage, it became obvious that there was more than one common thread between all of these homes....#1 they were all historic and #2 they all gave homage to General Robert E. Lee.
It was a custom for all sons and daughters of the South, to have a portrait of the famed Confederate General gracing their home. No self-respecting confederate would be without one!
Robert E. Lee was born in Stratfort Hall, Virginia. He served from 1829-1861 in the United States Army and served from 1861-1865 in the Confederate Army. His greatest victories were the Seven Days Battles, the Second Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was recognized as a "crafty and daring battlefield tactician.*
Take a Peaceful Ride On the Trace
I live just an hour and 1/2 from Natchez and although I've passed thru it many times to cross the river mainly, never explored regions in the town until recently.
Don't have a lot of recommendations regarding dining and lodging, however, Natchez does offer spectacular views of the river along the bluffs. If you drive and follow signs to "Natchez under the Hill", you take a street that tees at the bluffs. You can go right or left. Right will delight you with a magnificent view UP the river as you descend down the pavement a hundred feet or so. Left will give you a view DOWN the river toward bridge and bring you to Natchez under the hill establishments, which the loops back up in front of a Casino.
Residential streets along the bluffs to the North displays wonderful VERY OLD houses that are still occupied and cared for religiously by the residents.
Main St. seems to have very popular shops and dining for a few blocks and of course, there is Mammy's Cupboard on the South side of town on HWY 61. I can remember seeing this place as a kid when we would go North to Lake Bruin in LA. or when we'd take a camping trip up to Bull Shoals, AR. After all these years, it's still there and operating. Next time I come up, gonna have to finally eat there.
I think the drive along the Natchez Trace was really what I think about when in that area. Such a peaceful drive with no commercial trucks allowed and speed limit is only fifty. No billboards, no traffic lights or heavy traffic whatsoever because most folks are after the "time saved" advantage of traveling State Highways.
If you do a little research on Natchez Trace and read just a few minutes of the history surrounding it as well as attractions on and nearby the trace along it's entire route up to Nashville, you may be surprised and quite enlightened with it's very interesting facts and stories about it, which makes for that much better of a drive.
One of Mississippi's most fantastic secrets, hidden away in the swamps out in the middle of nowhere, are the ghostly remains of the Windsor plantation. The Windsor plantation was built from 1859-1861. The plantation was built, owned, and first inhabited by Smith Daniell who only was able to live in the mansion for a few weeks before he passed away at age 34. Smith Coffee Daniell II was born in 1826 as a son of a Indian fighter turned farmer. He was married to his cousin Chatherine Freeland (1830-1903) who bore him three children. Construction of the mansion cost him $175,000 to build it which included its furnishings. It was built with slave labor. The construction was designed by David Shroder. The original grounds were well over 2,600 acres. Atop the mansion was a roof observatory where Mark Twain would muse over the Mississippi River that inspired his works of art. Twain compared the plantation to a college instead of residence because of how large the plantation was. This observatory was also home to signal equipment that would notify Confederate troops of Yankee movement. The mansion was fixed with elaborate furnishings in its beginning, hosting wrought iron staircases to get from each of the four floors. Tanks resided in the attic to provide water for the baths within. There was 25 rooms with 25 fireplaces, a basement with a school room, dairy, commissary, doctor's office, and plenty of storage rooms. The main floor held the master bedroom, a bath, 2 parlors, a study, a dining room, and a library. The third floor were 9 more bedrooms and an additional bath. The fourth floor held a unfinished ballroom. The roof held an observatory. It was a distinct portrayal of Southern Life during its era. The Mansion saw a bit of death - from Smith Daniell's death to a yankee who was shot in the front doorway. Other deaths took place when the mansion once served as a union hospital and observation post during the civil war. Its involvement in the Civil War as a hospital saved it from being burned down to the ground during the Civil War. After the War it was burnt down during an accidental fire involving a misplaced cigar on the upper balcony during a house party on February 17, 1890. After the fire, it was never rebuilt. Parts of the mansion were scavenged, and even the wrought iron staircase found its home at nearby Alcorn State University. All that remain of the ruins is the foundation and the 23 - 30' high Corinthian columns, some pieces of broken china, a set of wrought iron stairs, and portions of the balustrade. The Ruins have become famous, especially by Hollywood, as it was used as a setting for films such as "Raintree Country" (1957) and "Ghosts of Mississippi". The property is now owned and maintained by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 23, 1971. The Ruins are located 12 miles southwest of Port Gibson off Highway 552. Also of interest in the area is the Ghost town of Rodney. A must see for any history buff. Rating : 5 stars out of 5.
Stanton Hall, built in 1857 is one of the most visited National Historic Landmarks in the US. It's a classic example of Greek Revival architecture with Victorian ornamental elaborations, some showing the Italianate influence. The house is surrounded by magnificent live oak trees.