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Historic Sites To See In Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez is one of the country's most historic locations. It is located on the bank of the Mississippi river and has been a populated area since pre-Columbian times, dating back to around the 8th century. The area gets its name from the tribe of Indians who resided there up to the arrival of French colonialists.

Below is a list of some of the more interesting places to see on your visit.

Stanton Hall

When you're in Natchez, you must take the time and check out some of the amazing homes. Of particular interest in this part of the South are antebellum style homes. Stanton Hall is one of the finest examples. It is now a designed National Historic Landmark and open to the public. The house was built in 1857 by an immigrant who made his money trading cotton. The ornate finishing work on the home includes luxurious items that he had shipped over from Europe. After the owner died, the house was used by Union troops during the war. Later it was the site of a women's college

Emerald Mound

This ceremonial and burial mound is one of the oldest in the United States. It dates to between 1250 and 1600 A.D. The mound was built by the Native Americans who lived in the area before the arrival of French and Spanish settlers.

The site is open to the public during the daytime. There is a staircase that will allow you to ascend to the top of the mound. There are also information placards around the site detailing the history of the site.

Natchez Trace

This is a path that runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. It was important during the early days of the country. The path has its origins in natural pathways created by migrating bison who traveled in search of food. Later, Native Americans expanded on the animal pathways and widened the area. Still later, European settlers traveled the path with the help of guides from the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes.

Starting in 1801 the U.S. Army was designated to begin to clear the trail and make it navigable for wagons and large scale transport.

There are walking paths setup around Natchez, or, if you are traveling by car, you can explore the stretch between Natchez and Jackson which has Native American mounds, abandoned towns, plantations and other historic sites. This stretch is about 100 miles in length.

Under The Hill Historic District

One of the best places to stay is an area called Under The Hill. It is located down the hill from the more refined Hill district. During the early 19th century the Under The Hill district was full of brothels, salons, steamboats, racetracks, gambling houses, and other establishments that catered to outlaws, sailors, and travelers. During your stay, consider staying in a hotel that offers river's edge suites to get the most out of your experience.