natchez historic attractions

Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

Natchez Balloon Race poster

Twice voted Best Festival in Mississippi. Hot air balloon race and world renowned musical acts. October's third weekend.

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Jim Bowie Festival

Jim Bowie portrait

Celebrating the Sandbar Fight that made the Bowie Knife famous, Vidalia's biggest festival offers food, music, and fun for the entire family!

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Angels On The Bluff  Early in November, local amateur actors portray some of the many characters buried in the Natchez City Cemetery.  Voted one of the "Best Events in Mississippi!"

Antebellum Music Room at the Stone House Private concerts of Classical piano music, played by a graduate of two prominent American conservatories on a Steinway Grand Piano.

Auburn Museum & Historic Home  Circa 1812, Auburn was the first major building in Natchez to follow an architectural plan.  Its spiral staircase and other wonders fascinate tourists.

Beau Pre Golf Club  Natchez' premier golf course and country club.  40 Club Drive, Natchez, MS.  Phone 601-442-5493.

Bus Tour of Natchez  50 antebellum homes and historic churches on a fully narrated odyssey through the historic streets of Natchez.  $20/person, Tickets available at Visitors Center, 640 S. Canal St.

Carriage Tour of Historic Natchez  A charming horse drawn carriage tour through the streets of Natchez' historic district. Tickets available at Visitors' Center, 640 S. Canal Street.

Casino at Isle of Capri  70 Silver St.  601-445-0605.

City of Natchez Parks  Including Duncan Park, where you'll find golf, tennis, playground and walking trail all in a beautiful area just behind Auburn antebellum home.

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians  Indian mounds, nature trail and museum, with special events such as their annual Pow-Wow and Native American story-telling programs.

Frogmore Plantation  Compare an 1800 cotton plantation to today's 900 bale-per-day cotton gin. Authentically furnished slave quarters, rare steam gin, and more. Guided tour with superior narration. 11054 Hwy 84, Frogmore, LA. 318-757-2453

Ghost Tours  One-hour driving tour of haunted sites of Natchez.  Tickets available at the Natchez Visitor Center, 601-446-6345.

Historic Jefferson College  Founded in 1802, became a Military College in the 1830's.  Informational tours, a nature trail of several miles, plus special events and festivals held on the grounds.

Judge George W. Armstrong Public Library   Comprehensive local history/genealogy section, newspapers and periodicals, and internet-access computers.  Wireless internet access!

Natchez Clay Community Studio

Natchez Clay

This community of clay artists provides pottery classes year round, plus workshops, special events, and a pottery gallery.

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J.N. Stone House Musicale

Joseph Stone House

During Spring Pilgrimage enjoy a classical piano performance by a graduate of two prominent American conservatories, along with complimentary wine.

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Longwood  The large octagonal home with the onion dome has become synonymous with antebellum history in Natchez.  Open for tours year round.

Natchez City Cemetery  One of the most interesting cemeteries in the South.  Tours given daily.  Home of the award-winning "Angels On the Bluffs" 601-445-5051

Natchez Festival of Music  Broadway Musicals, Plantation Recitals, An Evening of Jazz, and more!  Ask at the Natchez Visitors Center, 640 S. Canal St.

Natchez Food & Wine Festival
Wine and cheese tastings, The Progressive Luncheon, and an Invitation to the Natchez Table are just a few of the events planned for this exciting weekend in July!

Natchez in Historic Photographs  Henry Norman photographed Natchez from 1870 - 1913.  Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 405 State St. 601-442-2581.

Natchez Museum of African-American History and Culture - Exhibits include "Portraits of Black Natchez," from the Norman Collection, The Rhythm Night Club Fire, and Natchez Beginnings of America's Cotton Kingdom. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 1PM - 4:30PM.  301 Main Street, 601-445-0728.

Natchez National Historical Park With headquarters at Melrose antebellum home.

Natchez State Park - 601-442-2658 Camping and Cabins, picnicking and fishing around the beautiful, man-made lake.

Natchez Trace Parkway - 601-445-4211  Scenic drive from Natchez to Nashville, with historic stops along the way.  (see also: Scenic Trace below)

Natchez Pilgrimage Tours Spring and Fall Pilgrimage information and brochures online, with bed and breakfast information and a map of the city.

NPTShop Natchez Pilgrimage Tours' online shop for tickets to house tours and entertainment in Natchez.

Stanton Hall  Frederick Stanton's giant-columned home is a monument to antebellum grandeur, built on a full city block.

Natchez Under-The-Hill  That infamous place written about by Mark Twain and others is now the location for restaurants, gift shops, bars and gaming.

Rivergate Bowl - 285 John R. Junkin Drive, phone 601-442-8436. Open 7 days/week.
"Mystic Bowling" Saturday 7:00pm.
Kids Special Mon-Fri 9am -5pm - $5.00 for 3 games with shoes.
Family Day Sunday 1pm until Closing - $5.00 2 games/shoes

Rosalie  Beautiful federal style Mansion overlooking the Mississippi River. A National Historic Landmark circa 1820 - 1822.

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge - 601-442-6696
Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this refuge offers fishing, hunting and other wildlife activities.  Check out the Kids' Derby! - We have found this site to be one of the most informative about the Natchez Trace.