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Natchez lies 200 feet above the Mississippi River, and is the oldest civilized settlement on the river. For centuries prehistoric Indians and later the Natchez Indians lived here. Natchez was settled first by the French in 1716, later by the British in 1763, the Spanish in 1779, and finally by the Americans in 1798.

In 1798, Natchez became the capital of the Mississippi Territory, and in 1817, the capital of the new state of Mississippi. The first half of the 19th century the exportation of tons of cotton by steamboat made Natchez rich. The cotton was grown on plantations in Mississippi and across the river in Louisiana. Enormous fortunes were made from the land and the river. Cotton was king, money was plentiful and men spent it. Most on fancy mansions filled with the finest furnishings money could buy.




The name Natchez, written in big letters on this watertower, comes from the indian tribe that once lived here. It means: "hurrying men," or "one running to war."


Natchez is historic city noted for its wealth of architecturally significant buildings and grand interiors. Many of them preserved as evidence of the rich life of the city's cotton plantation society during the nineteenth century.
Although the Natchez planters brought their production across the Mississippi River to Louisiana, and to plantations as far away as Arkansas and east Texas, they stayed in Natchez as their established commercial, cultural, and social center. Here they constructed their great mansions and magnificent suburban villas.
The popular style of the 1850's was the Rococo Revival, and almost every grand house in Natchez was decorated in what the planters called the French Antique or Modern style. The Civil War ruined the economy of Natchez, and the planting families who retained their houses had little money for redecoration. Most mansions are to expensive to maintain by private persons, and many of them are now owned by the historical society.

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  • Last visit to Natchez: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated Apr 21, 2006
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  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2011 at 3:11 AM

    Looks like a great spot to visit. We are considering driving the Natchez Trace Parkway in January. Thanks for the photos and tips.

  • KalamazooJohn's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2006 at 9:59 PM

    Enjoyed your mansions of Natchez. I have not been there, but interested in seeing what it was about.

  • Jun 20, 2004 at 12:03 AM

    Natchez looks worthwile to visit! Great pics of the mansions and it seems they have plenty of Soup there:-)

  • BuickMackane's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2004 at 7:52 PM

    Visited Natchez today but it was pouring rain. I definitely want to return soon because there was a lot more to see. Great travelogues!

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2003 at 1:52 PM

    Great page. It brings back nice memories, all those beautiful antebellum houses.

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