Natchez, Jewel of the Old South

I love the south. I love the weather. I love the culture. I love the friendly people. I love the vintage buildings. And I love the food, but I shouldn’t. Deep fried everything is not good for your arteries. If you havn’t tried deep fried okra. Don’t!

Plaque overlooking the river

Plaque overlooking the river


A privately owned home maintained as it might have been 200 years ago.

A privately owned home maintained as it might have been 200 years ago.

On our recent visit to Natchez MS we took a walking tour of this lovely, old, small city and I can honestly say of all the cities we have visited so far, Natchez is our favorite. If we weren’t Canadian and had to return home for six months every year we would definitely consider settling in Natchez.

Old building in the downtown.

Old building in downtown.


How to stay cool in the south.

How to stay cool in the south.

During the late 1700s , early 1800s Natchez was a thriving city, the cultural and financial capitol of the south; a port on the Mississippi River, cotton, sugar exported to Europe and slaves bought and sold in the main square. Peacefully taken by the Union army there was little destruction of the city, its location on the bluffs of the river made it a strategic site during the American Civil War. Today it is faded and a little frayed around the edges but it still maintains much of its past beauty.

Well kept home.

Well kept home.

Many of the downtown buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, which means they have to be maintained in their original condition and the owners have to jump through a lot of expensive hoops to make any changes.

A beautiful old house, but I wouldn't want to paint it.

A beautiful old house, but I wouldn’t want to paint it.

The windows up close.

The windows up close.

The railing

The railing


It still feels like the Old South and you can imagine the downtown streets bustling with cotton growers selling their goods to be shipped to Europe.

Mark Twain Guest House

Mark Twain Guest House

Another Guest House

Another Guest House

Iron work on a gate-

Iron work on a gate-

leading into this courtyard

leading into this courtyard

Wagon waiting to be hitched to a team of horses.

Wagon waiting to be hitched to a team of horses.

In this very building the great Jerry Lee Lewis of Rock and Roll fame had his first gig. at the age of 14.

In this very building the great Jerry Lee Lewis of Rock and Roll fame had his first gig at the age of 14.

Next stop antebellum mansions.

Rosalee

Rosalee, a mansion overlooking the river

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2 comments on “Natchez, Jewel of the Old South”

  1. Thank you so much for your lovely commentary on our town! We would love for you to visit again soon!


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