Natchez Travel Guide

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Natchez Things to Do

  • Oakland Plantation

    Oakland Plantation has been called 'The most beautiful plantation home in the Natchez area' by Sam Wilson who is a noted New Orleans architect. Set on 360 acres of rolling pasture and timberland, there are nature trails throughout this game preserve. The homes date back to 1785 and are surrounded by magnificent old Live Oak trees. There is a lot of...

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  • Roaming the Grounds

    Roosters roam the grounds freely. It certainly gives a feel of the casual life on the plantations. Children of the slaves were expected to hoe the potatoes and feed the chickens.

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  • 200 year old Tree.

    Mrs Henry replanted and extended the plantation gardens, rescued the colonial buildings, and revived local handicrafts..

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  • Big House

    The 'big house' is a West Indies Creole plantation house with early Greek Revival details. It was built in 1833 by slave labour under the direction of Louis Metoyer. The tree that you see from the back view of the house is 175 years old. The crosses that you see on the back lower level are actual grave markers..

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  • Melrose Plantation

    The story of origins begins with Marie Therese Coincoin who was born in 1742, a slave in the household of Louis Juchereau de St Denis. She became the Matriarch of 4 Black and 10 Franco-African children. Upon St Denis’ death she was sold to Thomas Pierre Metoyer and his wife who later freed her and gave her a number of land grants forming Melrose...

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  • Beau Fort Plantation

    Beau Fort Plantation is a beautiful 1790 Plantation home and also a B&B. It was built on the former site of Fort Charles in an early Creole-style. There is an 84ft gallery and covered rear patio. It is open year round for both accommodation and tours. .There are lovely antiques and family heirlooms scattered within the home as well as “Steel...

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  • The Art of Clementine

    In the late 1930s New Orleans artist Alberta Kinsey, one of the many artists and writers invited to the Henry home, left behind paint brushes and tubes of paint. Miss Cammie found them and began painting. She described her painting process in the introduction to The Joyous Coast - A Fable - Cane River, Louisiana, which she illustrated: .“I never...

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  • Clementine Hunter

    Clementine Hunter (Louisiana’s most famous folk artist and the daughter of a former slave) was born on Hidden Hill Plantation in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She was a self-taught artist and became internationally known for her images of life in the Cane River country. As a young girl, Hunter went to work for John Hampton Henry and his wife, known as...

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  • African House

    African House was built in 1800 was a slave-fort and provision house. The lower story is of baked brick and the upper story is made from thick hand-hewn cypress slabs with eaves that slope almost to the ground. The house has been called the only structure of Congo-like architecture on the North American continent dating back to colonial times..

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  • Yucca House

    Yucca House was built in 1796 as the original colonial residence. This was the original main house at Melrose and was the most used residence of very notable American authors and historians in the south. They were invited by Marie Therese Metoyer to come and stay as long as they like as long as they produced work. The sills and uprights are of...

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  • Ghana

    This cabin most likely originated on Metoyer land. It is believed to be almost as old as the other colonial buildings..

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  • The Weaving House

    This little cabin use to house the slaves of the plantation. It became Miss Cammie's room for her looms for weaving. Other than her big loom, there was also a small childs one where she taught her daughter to weave..

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  • The bindery

    The bindery is an old slave cabin which was moved closer to the main house in the 1930's. It is now a gift and souvenir shop for Melrose..

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  • A Lover of Literature

    Miss Cammie Henry was a great literary collector and writers came from everywhere for access to them. She was also a collector of newspaper clippings of anything she found interesting and the book shelves are lined with some of these collections. A lot was sold off by her descendants. She was also a patron of the arts and preservations of local...

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  • A Labour of Love

    The Associate for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches has been responsible for the careful restoration of the 8 buildings which make up the Melrose complex. In 1974 it was declared a National Historic Landmark.

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Natchez Local Customs

  • Plantation Map

    Route to visit the Plantations in the area. A lot of the plantations along the river managed to escape destruction during the Civil War, so many buildings still remain in original conditions.

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  • Climate

    Natchez sits 130 feet above sea level and therefore has more semi-tropical climate. Winter months are usually mild with short cold spell. Summer months are quite hot and humid.

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Natchez Warnings and Dangers

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    by keeweechic Updated Oct 9, 2002

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    Be careful walking around the plantations. We came across patches of fire ants. You sure don't want to disturb them, they will bite like hell. Also later in the afternoon the Mozzies were out in force and they were BIG!

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Natchez Off The Beaten Path

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    by keeweechic Updated Oct 9, 2002

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    Just to the north is Natchitoches which has a historic downtown Historic District that covers a 33-square block and features more than 50 historic homes and buildings. The brick main street is lined with wrought iron laced buildings, large stately oak trees, and of course, magnolias, the state flower of Louisiana. Churches and buildings from the mid-nineteenth century line the quaint French named streets.
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