Tours of antebellum homes offered in Natchez, Miss.
Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009 8:01 pm
Today’s weekend travelers get the best bang for their buck at big events in small towns.
One of the most enchanting places to take advantage of this fact is Natchez, Miss., a delightful escape that will have visitors wishing that their weekend could last a month. With well over 200 antebellum homes, a wealth of gardens, magnificent live oaks tangled with Spanish moss and wisteria, breath-taking river views from 200 foot bluffs and a charming historic downtown, this fun-loving river town is sure to captivate visitors.
Once known as the “New Port of the South,” politics saved the city from demolition during the Civil War and poverty preserved it from progress afterwards. As a result, Natchez boasts more than 50 pre-Civil War mansions and estates with museum quality interiors and more than a thousand 18th and 19th century architectural treasures.
Fall Pilgrimage, Sept. 26-Oct. 10, gives visitors the opportunity to tour 20 of Natchez’ famous privately-owned antebellum mansions. Visitors can nose through family heirlooms in rooms that have hardly changed since “before the war” and meet descendants costumed in handmade antebellum garments. The cost of a three-house tour is $24 per person; a four-house tour is $32 per person and a three-house tour with a mini bus tour is $38 per person.
Many of these estates such as The Burn, The Elms, Twin Oaks and Hope Farm are now bed and breakfasts and give travelers a rest in the style of Scarlett herself. Between tours, visitors can take in the other thousand structures on the National Register of Historic Places in the beautifully preserved town and behold the fantastic panoramic view of the Mississippi River from 200 foot bluffs above the river banks. Nightly entertainment includes a gospel concert and Southern dinner at the famous Carriage House Restaurant on the grounds of palatial Stanton Hall, once home of cotton mogul Frederick Stanton. The cost is $31 per person. Great local restaurants boast every thing from barbecue to fried catfish to Creole gumbo and crème brulee.
For more information, call 1-800-647-6742 or visit www.natchezpilgrimage.com.
Published in The Messenger 9.4.09