5 must-see places to visit in Natchez
by Lisa Monti
Published: March 27,2014
Natchez is all about history and its preservation. There are more than 1,000 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a dozen or so designated as National Historic Landmarks. The gorgeous antebellum homes are remarkably preserved in spite of their years and showcase Southern architecture and heritage in an unforgettable way. You can walk the historic district or take a horse-drawn carriage ride to take in the homes and landmarks.
Picture yourself in a vintage tavern, sipping a
drink and watching the flowing river in the same spot where assorted characters like riverboat captains, gamblers, pirates and certain ladies used to gather on Silver Street. Under-the-Hill
Saloon is the oldest bar in town and offers plenty of entertainment value blended with its history. It’s decorated with old photos and other reminders of what it was like when saloons and taverns thrived along the river.
This scenic and historic route starts just outside Natchez and rolls on for 444 miles to Nashville, Tenn. Travelers have included river traders, American Indians, riverboat crew members.
Today, the parkway is popular not only with drivers but also hikers, bikers, horseback riders and campers who come for the natural beauty and many interesting historic sites along the way.
Natchez has several places around town where you can enjoy watching Old Man River flow past
the city and see tugboats and barges at work along the river where steamboats used to travel. The river is the dividing line between Mississippi and Louisiana and it is constantly changing course. The city’s bluff high above the river provides an unforgettable vantage point to take it all in. Or you can paddle or canoe on the river for a fresh perspective.
“The Best in Everything Muscadine” is the motto of this family-run winery that opened in 1979 and promises the largest selection of Muscadine wines anywhere. Brief tours are available and visitors to the tasting room will find muscadine jelly, hot sauce and pepper jelly. And T shirts, of course. The owners, the Galbreath family, say they buy only the best muscadines from Mississippi growers and use the latest winemaking techniques to produce their fruity red, white and rose wines. Taste for yourself.
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