Natchez might not be on all the popular Mississippi tourist itineraries, but it sure does have a lot of beautiful and interesting locations. It was actually once known as the center of all Mississippi trade, where cotton was exported throughout the rest of the country.
Because of all the wealth generated through slavery, Natchez is a place with plenty of grandiose mansions and plantation homes. It is an important place of history and is worth a visit by anyone looking to get a real look at how it once was in the 18th century. These are our top seven picks to visit.
This large brick home sports a unique shape and design of experimentation. It is one of the largest examples of octagonal design in the country, complete with a large domed ceiling. It was never actually finished on the inside, the top floors lay bare of how the home was constructed, while the bottom displays a typical family’s furniture and arrangements.
Address: 140 Lower Woodville Rd, Natchez, MS 39120
This road was a major highway in the south before highways were even a thing. It was a major passageway for trade routes coming from Nashville, as well as the returning path back home for sailors who worked on the Mississippi River. The Natchez Trace Parkway was of course first used by the native Natchez and Choctaw populations, who traveled to and from each tribe.
This mansion combines Greek and plantation architecture together for one amazing piece of history. It was built in 1823 and is one of the major headquarters for the Union Army during the Civil War. This imposing four acre estate is filled with both serenity and curiosity for tourists, as the site of a dark past in America is surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife.
This mansion is considered the largest of the plantation antebellum style and was finished in 1857. It fills the whole surrounded block on the street and takes the better part of the day to fully tour and appreciate all of its features. For history and architecture enthusiasts, Stanton Hall is a must-visit.
This cemetery is where you will find some of the oldest graves and monuments, as old as the early 1700s. While solemn and gloomy, there is an undeniable charm and beauty to this place. Ornate iron fences, expertly carved monuments and gravestones. Even if you don’t recognize any of the dead, you can still enjoy the Natchez Cemetery as a quick visit.
If graves aren’t something you find particularly comfortable being around, try going out and enjoying the fresh air at the Natchez National Historic Park. You’ll be visiting it by default if you shoot for Fort Rosalie. There are two other famous mansions located on park grounds, as well. This historical park is almost like a living snapshot of what life looked like back in the 18th and 19th century, at least for the wealthy class of elites.
This is the second biggest known ceremonial mound in America that was a place where the native Natchez tribes would come to give their thanks to the spirits and give their blessings to the dead. It is a must-see visit if you’re going to be traveling to the nearby Trace Parkway. The view is breath-taking.