Introduction to Natchez, Mississippi
The Natchez Native Americans inhabited this region starting in the 8th century. In fact, their main ceremonial village was located where the present day city of Natchez stands. The French established a trading port in this area in 1714. In 1716, they built Fort Rosalie in order to protect the post. There were frequent skirmishes between the Native Indians and the French, and ultimately, in the Natchez War of 1729, the entire French colony in the region was wiped out. However, the French counterattacked, and in 1731, the Natchez Indians were forced to surrender. In 1840, the city was struck by a devastating tornado that killed more than 300 people. Prior to the American Civil War, Natchez was the wealthiest city in the United States.
Natchez and nearby Attractions
- Natchez Museum of African-American History and Culture
- Frogmore Plantation
- Natchez National Historical Park
- Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
- Auburn Museum & Historic Home
Things To Do In Natchez
The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians includes a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, a museum, and three ceremonial mounds. At the Natchez National Historical Park, visitors can take a look around the 18th-century Fort Rosalie, John T. McMurran's estate and the William Johnson House. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Beau Pre Golf Club. The Auburn Museum & Historic Home, which was built in 1812, is known for its architectural design. The St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge offers facilities for fishing and hunting. The Vidalia Flea Market and the Spring Market on the RiverWalk are also popular local destinations. In addition, the residents of the city organize the Angels On The Bluff festival and the Natchez Festival of Music every year.
Baton Rouge Metropolitan is the closest major airport.
Natchez Higher Education
Louisiana Technical College-Shelby Jackson Campus, Alcorn State University and Louisiana Technical College-Avoyelles Campus are some of the nearest colleges and universities.