Natchez, Mississippi: History and Heritage On Every Corner
Nestled along the banks of the curvy Mississippi River and situated high on The Bluff is a piece of preserved United States history that tells a story for generations to come. Natchez, first settled by the French in 1719 – 1729 makes it the oldest city to be established along the Mississippi River! Once considered the second wealthiest city in the U.S. (behind NYC) in the 1800s, Natchez was a retreat for many well-known millionaires. There is no doubt that the history of Mississippi is the history of America. The Magnolia State continues to leave its imprint with playing a pivotal role in the Civil War and later serving as the setting for some of the landmark events in the struggle for Civil Rights. Today, Mississippi is easily regarded as a unique and rich intersection of history, architecture, commerce, culture, and the arts.
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Read about Orbitz writer Sheryl Nance Nash‘s trip to Natchez and all of the wonderful food, tours, history and southern hospitality she enjoyed while here. “The past is ever present in Natchez, Mississippi. There’s the history you see, like the majestic antebellum homes, and then there’s the invisible, yet palpable history that permeates the air like ghosts. At 301 years old, this town has stories and secrets. But just as fascinating as its past is its present and future.”
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While tamales are closely connected to Mexican cuisine, these corn or cornmeal made dishes – often stuffed with various meats and vegetables – have many cultural influences, especially in the Mississippi Delta. Zagat editor Billy Lyons traveled to the region to discover the stories behind a selection of restaurants that make up the state’s famed tamale trail. Craving tamales on his return home, Lyons visited Gordo’s Cantina in Queens to explore the differences and similarities behind this well traveled treat.
So often we find ourselves traveling to cities where we just want to take something local home with us. Well, we have made that easy for you with our list of pantry products that are made right here in Natchez, Mississippi.
You can even have most of them delivered right to your door step, but it is much more fun to buy them in person so you get the whole experience!
Mississippi’s first legally distilled rum can be found right here in Natchez. Charboneau Distillery offers Charboneau White Rum, sourced from a Louisiana sugar mill just a few hours away.
Famously known for her delicious assortment of fudges, Darby’s also has homeade Muscadine Hot Sauce for sale.
1 lb Fudge Box, $13.50
Muscadine Hot Sauce, $9.95
With three different hot sauces and organic pepper jellies, you can’t go wrong with stocking your kitchen full of ANY of their products. Afterall, Oprah Winfrey just chose the jelly set as one of her must give gifts of 2015.
5 oz Hot Sauce, $6.99
Gourmet Jam Set, $26.97
Fat Mama’s Tamales now offers two different margarita mixes you can stock your shelves with along with their delicious Fire and Ice Pickles.
4 Pack of Fire and Ice Pickles, $29.99
4 Pack of Margarita Mix, $27.99
Natchez’s first craft beer brewery is located in the heart of downtown and currently offers two different craft beers and seven in the works. You can also find their seasonal beers here.
Offering nine different muscadine wines, Old South Winery has been making wines for over 50 years!
Pearl Street Pasta’s homeade salad dressing is sweet and good till the last drop. You will want to keep this dressing on hand once you try it.
Pearl Street Pasta Dressing, $8
Spoil yourself with the “Best Barbeque Sauce you’ve ever eaten” from the comfort of your home with Pig Out Inn Barbeque Sauce.
Pig Out Inn Barbeque Sauce, $5
Take home some of the organic spices that Rick makes and uses on most of the food served at Rick’s Cafe.
Steampunk Coffee Roasters blends several different coffee beans together making unique flavors that they serve in store. They also make Chocolate Espresso Beans and I mean, what goes better than chocolate and espresso?!
Coffee Blends, $10