Next week I will be traveling 150 miles to one of my very favorite tourist destinations Natchez , Mississippi to spend a couple of days during the Spring Pilgrimage Tour. Twice a year, Spring and Fall, thousands travel to Natchez to view the Antebellum Mansions that open to the public for tours. This tour will have 25 homes on it, some which are private residences. Natchez has more Antebellum structures than any city its size in the United States, 13 National Landmarks and 1,000 buildings on the National Historic Register. I like to go in the Spring as the Azaleas are magnificent!
Natchez was founded in 1716. It is built on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River .
Located on the river between Memphis and New Orleans, across the river from Vidalia, LA.
It was occupied by the Natchez Indians until the French built a Fort and settled it in 1716.
Looking from the Natchez Bluff toward Vidaila at sunset.
The Natchez Belle River Boat awaits passengers for its
Sunset Dinner Cruise down The Mississippi River.
Downtown Natchez in 1900. Natchez was a thriving river port.
Natchez seen from the air.
I chose to go back for the Pilgrimage this year because " Glenburnie" the house where the infamous "Goat Castle Murder" took place is on the tour. It is a private residence and can only be toured when it is on the tour. I have never seen it on the schedule before and so this was a must see for me since I am hoping to someday pen a book based on the four friends who made world news after Jennie Merrill's murder here.
Also on the " Peach Tour" is Elgin, I have also toured this house before but look forward to viewing it once again. " Elgin" was built in 1780 on property from a Spanish land grant to Sir William Dunbar. In 1840 rooms were added by Dr. John Jenkins who had married Sir William's
The home was built by William T. Martin who became a