Even the threat of tornadoes could not put a damper of Dig BR writer Sean Gasser’s trip to Natchez, Mississippi. Check out his itinerary for 24 hours in Natchez.
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A lot has gone down in Natchez in the nearly 300 years of being founded. We’ve dug up some fun, interesting and off-the-wall facts about Natchez so without further ado…
- Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, known as the “Black Swan” was America’s first African American singer of classical music. She was born in Natchez in 1809.
- Emerald Mound is the second largest Indian ceremonial mound in the U. S. and is located northeast of Natchez.
- Longwood is the largest remaining octagonal house in the United States.
- Historic Jefferson College (circa 1802) was the first preparatory school established in the Mississippi Territory. Jefferson College also appeared in the movie based on John Jakes’ novel, North and South, to resemble West Point National Military Academy.
- You can get three different National Park Service Stamps for your NPS Passport book in Natchez.
- Linden’s front doorway was copied for the doorway of Tara in the 1939 classic, Gone With the Wind.
- There are over 80 geocaches within a 15 mile radius of Natchez. It is a way to see Natchez from a different perspective and great activity for kids.
- Memorial Park was once the final resting place for many in Natchez, until the City Cemetery was established in 1822. The remains from the old burial ground, located behind St. Mary Basilica, were gradually moved to the present site located just north of downtown. Today the park is a serene and shaded hideaway, popular with both locals and visitors.
- The Briars is renowned historically as the residence where Jefferson Davis married Varina Howell in 1845.
- Natchez had more millionaires per capita before the Civil War than any other city in the United States.
- Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church is the oldest African American baptist congregation in the state with origins dating back to 1837.
- Texada is the first brick house in the Mississippi Territory and the oldest Capitol building in the State of Mississippi.
- Natchez is the Bed and Breakfast Capital of the South.
- The Museum of African America History and Culture is the nation’s first African American museum on Main Street.
- Did you know Natchez is home to New York Best Selling Author, Greg Iles and was home to Richard Wright?
- Natchez is the Biscuit Capital of the WORLD.
- And last, but certainly not least, Natchez is the oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi River. We will be celebrating her 300th Birthday in 2016 and invite all to visit!
If you have ever been to Natchez on a pretty day, then you have probably witnessed one of our amazing sunsets.
Here are a some of our favorites from #visitnatchez feed.