Centuries of history live in Natchez, including hundreds of Antebellum mansions - most of them in pristine condition - along with museums and monuments of Native American and African American history. It's a small city with a big heart, sitting on the highest bluff along the Mississippi River in a beautiful location made for nature lovers. Explore the Old, Old South, including the culture that gave birth to the blues.
Natchez is home to the finest collection of Antebellum homes - 668 in total - many of which are open for tours all year round, along with the "Natchez Pilgrimage," a semi-annual event that sees private homes open to the public.
This area located below the bluff along the Mississippi River at the end of State Street is where you will find the remnants of the city's wilder past, including an old-style saloon and casino.
The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway begins in Nashville and ends in Natchez, following the ancient route used by Native Americans, colonists, and others. Today it's a picturesque route used for cycling, hiking, camping, and more.
Explore centuries of history in the city, including the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, 128-acre Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, and a beautifully maintained historic downtown perfect for walking tours.
Along with the rest of the state, Natchez is where American music began, from the music of the Natchez Indians to the songs of the African American slaves, and the birth of the blues. The city is on the Gold Record Road, with historical Blues Trail markers you can check out via the Visitor's Center.
Take a tour of the 1860 octagonal mansion designed by Mississippi natives Haller & Julia Nutt. You'll marvel at the detached kitchen named, "Necessary". Then, roam through the pre-Civil War "servant quarters", a three-story brick building that housed the Nutt's slaves, including cooks, maids, and nannies. Examine the basement where the family lived during the mansion's construction and walk over to the upper floors unfinished due to the Civil War. As you stroll on the property, you'll see the former vegetable garden, privy, and cemetery.
Established in 1822, this cemetery dates back to the Civil War. Stroll the contoured grounds of the graveyard and marvel at the 19th and early 20th century ironwork, mausoleum doors, artistically decorated benches and the majestically sculpted marble monuments, many of which are the work of the talented antebellum sculptors Edwin Lyon and Robert Rawes. Visit the grave of Ruphus E. Case, whose last wish was to be buried in his rocking chair facing his home state of Louisiana, or walk over to pay your respects to Captain Thomas P. Leathers, a steamboat captain who raced in 1870 with Robert E. Lee on the Mississippi River.
Take the Ranger Ted Tour of the 1841 Greek revival-styled plantation known as the "Cotton-Kingdom". Built by the McMurran family, this mansion has remained intact since its pre-Civil War days. The 80-acre historically preserved estate is maintained by the National Park Service. As you stroll this antebellum southern estate, the unchanged landscape encompassing the property will take you back in time. Learn about pre-Civil War culture and examine the furnished slave cabin and exhibits. Tour the formal and informal gardens. You'll step back into the days of the Old South.
As you explore this estate, the structure reveals the use of bricks salvaged from houses destroyed by the notorious 1840 tornado. William Johnson established his State Street estate, adjacent to the McCallum House as both a home and a commercial hub. The Johnsons lived in the upper stories and rented out their first floor to merchants. As you tour the home, discover William Johnson's diary documenting his life from 1835-1851. His journal provides a fascinating insight into the Pre-Civil War South. Johnson was a free-African American living in the antebellum South.
Once the traditional territory of the Natchez people, this historic 128-acre landmark has been preserved by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Marvel at the reconstructed Natchez Indian house and 3 ceremonial mounds. View the magnificent structures of the Great Sun and Temple Mounds, which were excavated and restored to their original dimensions and layouts. In the museum you can discover Natchez culture and history, and learn about the new nature trail and yearly traditional Natchez Powwow.
With a subtropical climate, Natchez is a year-round destination where temperatures range from about 60 degrees from December to February, to between 85 and 92 degrees during the summer from May to October.
The closest airport is the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR), about 85 miles south of the city. There is one bus per day to Natchez, so your most convenient option is renting a car and driving to the city.
There are extensive highway connections to and from Natchez, including the I-10 to Baton Rouge, the I-20 to Vicksburg, and I-49 to Alexandria, Louisiana.
Greyhound is the major carrier connecting Natchez to other centers in the region, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Stay inside a restored Antebellum mansion at the Dunleith Historic Inn, with period furnishings, a garden courtyard, and in-house restaurant. You'll enjoy modern, Southern-style comforts at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino Hotel, with the gaming tables to keep you entertained.
City Center - here, you can stroll the streets to admire the ornate historic architecture and enjoy a stop at a restaurant or cafe.
Kingston & Cranfield - this is where you will find the Natchez National Historical Park, including historic mansions, along with exhibits that detail the life of the Natchez Indians who gave the city its name.
Cloverdale - enjoy the great outdoors at the St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, southwest of the downtown area.
Natchez Regional Transit provides bus service through the city and around the region. Fares start at $1.50.
There is some taxi service available in town, although it is not extensive. Fares within the downtown area should average $5 - $10.
Although you can walk through the downtown area, a car rental is probably the best way to explore the area.
You'll find a scene of small shops and boutiques in the downtown area. On the second Saturday of each month, the Second Saturday celebrations include extended store hours, music, entertainment and more.
Smoot's Grocery and the Uptown Grocery and Deli are located in the city center, with a Walmart Supercenter near highway 61. A gallon of milk costs about $3.50 and a dozen eggs approximately $3.
Dine on Cajun, Creole, and American favorites in the charms of yesteryear at Restaurant 1818, located in the Monmouth Historic Inn. Main dishes start at $20. The Cotton Alley Café offers contemporary takes on American, Cajun, and Creole cuisine, with mains starting at $14.