The thing that strikes me most about Natchez, Mississippi is the views. The city — which is gearing up to celebrate its tricentennial — was settled in 1716 by French colonialists and is situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Historic architecture is the primary draw for me and the countless people visiting yearly for the Fall Pilgrimage, which wrapped up earlier this month, to tour plantations, as Natchez is said to have one of the highest concentrations of them in the country. Just under three hours from New Orleans, this is an easy, scenic trip and will have you feeling relaxed and revived after two or three days.
In the South, you can find anything from a politically incorrect mammy-shaped building to a bizarre elephant building not even a Crimson Tide fan will own (but we hope someone will because we’d hate to see it demolished). For this week’s Odd South feature, let’s take a look at the unusual architecture on the back roads of Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.
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Just 90 miles north of Baton Rouge, this bed-and-breakfast capital of the south is a foodie dream come true because, hello, it’s known as “the biscuit capital of the world.”
Natchez, Mississippi was chosen as the most picturesque town in the state of Mississippi by USA Today!
Ten years ago, the devastation of Hurricane Katrinasent hundreds of thousands of people from the Gulf Coast scattering across the country seeking refuge.
At the northern terminus in Nashville, a sign declares “Entering Natchez Trace Parkway.” The placard features the silhouette of a man on horseback, his sturdy hat nearly grazing a bough draped in Spanish moss. He sits straight in his saddle. I improve my own posture and give my black Cannondale bike an energetic kick.
Visitors from around the world flock to Natchez during all seasons, for every reason imaginable. It’s true, the city’s beautiful antebellum homes are a major tourism draw, but Natchez is much more than the sum total of its pilgrimages. You don’t have to look far to find 11 other fun things to do in one of the state’s oldest cities, set to celebrate its 300th birthday next year.
Several months ago, we began hearing news of a music venue in Natchez, MS that sparked our attention. It was gaining quite a reputation for attracting an impressive variety of the region’s best musicians. Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jimbo Mathus, Cary Hudson, Wes Lee and a good number of others were showcasing their talent at this Natchez location.
7. The Castle Pub in Natchez, Mississippi
“The Castle Pub is located in the original 1790’s carriage house of the Dunleith Historic Inn. The inn itself was built in 1856 and was originally a residence before it became a National Historic Landmark in 1974, and then a historic inn in 1976. The pub is open each evening serving up delicious appetizers, and comprehensive selection of wine, domestic and foreign beers and 25 different craft beers. Guests can also order entrees from the Castle Restaurant at the pub.”
8. King’s Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi
“King’s Tavern, established in 1789, was a tavern, an inn and a post office all in one. It’s one of the oldest buildings in Natchez, Mississippi and the tavern was always part of the establishment. With more than 200 years of history, it’s no surprise King’s Tavern is also reported to be haunted. During a renovation of the fireplace in the 1930s, human remains were found stashed away behind a wall, one of which was supposedly the original owner’s mistress! Since then, patrons and workers have reported mysterious happenings in the tavern but customers still aren’t scared off. The food and drinks are just too delicious.”
Built in 1818, this classic antebellum home in Natchez, MS, is the perfect setting for lazy Sunday afternoons spent sipping mint juleps on the porch and watching ships cruise by on the Mississippi River.
Listed for just under $2 million, The Briars spans 10,000 square feet and has seven bedrooms. And a schoolhouse.
The main residence is an example of Southern grandeur, with an 80-foot covered porch set behind large columns.
The home’s interior appears to be a step back in time, as each room offers a glimpse of centuries past. The large parlor has twin staircases, 19th-century chandeliers, and a row of archways that lend a sense of opulence.