"Natchez: Antebellum Jewel on the Mississippi" Top 5 Page for this destination Natchez by Stephen-KarenConn

Natchez Travel Guide: 187 reviews and 373 photos

"There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind..."
— From the opening of the film Gone with the Wind (1939)

Perched 200 feet above the Mississippi River on the highest promontory north of the Gulf of Mexico, Natchez is the oldest American city on the River - even older by two years than New Orleans. In the mid-1800s it was one of the wealthiest cities in America, with more than half of the nation's millionaires living in or near Natchez. That was before the War Between the States - a conflict that has forever marked this icon of the Deep South.

The successive devastations of the War, "Reconstruction," the demise of the steamship, the Boll Weevil, and the Great Depression could not destroy the unique character and flavor of Natchez.

A visit to Natchez is the closest most people will ever get to experiencing a time and a culture that was the Old South. History buffs will be totally enraptured by Natchez. Even those who think they have no interest in historic sites will be captivated by the Southern charm of this antebellum jewel on the Mississippi.

  • Last visit to Natchez: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 14, 2007
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  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    Lovely advice on the Parkway. We are considering driving it in Jan. Would you know if it would still be worth seeing even in Winter? Would snow be an issue?

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    Great tips as always and very interesting information re: slavery in the south. We'll be heading there this December, but too chicken to stay at Monmouth!

  • Jun 28, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    thank you for your overview of Natchez and the surrounding areas. It was most helpful...also, I am from Maysville, KY..you should also, see Augusta, KY we own the Rosemary Clooney House Museum...please visit our website at therosemaryclooneyhouse.com

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    aaahh, the deep south, i could almost break into a 'showboat' song. stop me I'm burning tara !

  • Jan 28, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Wonderfull picture

  • freddie18's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    Natchez is truly beautiful and captivating. I am going to collect all your tips on Natchez and prepare myself to exploring the place. Very well written page.

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2007 at 5:57 AM

    Great, great tips!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    Wow..incredible details for delightfulreading of different Southern plantation homes. Free buffet dinner? :)

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Very interesting page on Natchez & the history of "The War of Northern Agression." Well written with captavating photos. Thanks for sharinbg & A very Happy Birthday to you as well.

  • johanl's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Very well written. Very informative. I passed Natchez long time ago, but didn't have the time to visit.

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