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Signature City Natchez: Jewel of History and Culture on the Mississippi

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Program #20379RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Feb 20 — Feb 25, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, February 20 - Welcome and overview of program
Afternoon: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. registration in the hotel lobby. At 6:00 p.m. attend a Welcome-To-Natchez reception with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel.

Evening: Introductions of individuals, overview of the week's program, and overview of Natchez's history.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, February 21 - Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Lecture about Natc...
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Lecture about Natchez history and culture and architectural styles. Tour of historic William Johnson House. Reception overlooking the river. NLCC keynote lecture at 7:30 p.m.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served every morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel dining room.

Morning: An overview lecture about Natchez history and a lecture about various architectural styles and decorative arts will precede a tour of historic William Johnson House, once home of a leading Free Black.

Lunch: A picnic lunch overlooking the Mississippi River will be served (if inclement weather, lunch will be in a nearby restaurant).

Afternoon: Free time or optional viewing, as part of the 24th NLCC, of "Cold Mountain," a movie based on a novel by that name, with discussion afterward. Attend festive afternoon reception on the grounds of the mansion, The Briars, overlooking the river, honoring William F. Winter, NLCC Director of Proceedings.

Dinner: Dinner will follow the day's historical agenda. It will be at a downtown historic building and will be inspired by diary entries in William Johnson's 1836 diary.

Evening: Attend keynote lecture at the NLCC by Dr. William Cooper of Louisiana State University, noted authority on the effects of the Civil War in the South.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, February 22 - Lectures, discussions, book signings, exhibits, l...
Lectures, discussions, book signings, exhibits, lunch at the Carriage House at historic Stanton Hall with live music, reception at African American museum, and screening of "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman." at the NLCC.

Note: walking

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Lectures, refreshments, exhibits, book signings at the NLCC. Award ceremony honoring Dr. Cora Norman.

Lunch: At the Carriage House restaurant on the grounds of historic Stanton Hall, with live music by costumed Civil War re-enactors

Afternoon: Lectures, book signings, exhibits, at the NLCC, with reception at the African American Museum.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a downtown restaurant.

Evening: Screening of "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," with discussion afterward by Dr. Maryemma Graham, an authority on the slave narrative in fiction and film.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, February 23 - Lectures by noted authors, scholars, and film exp...
Lectures by noted authors, scholars, and film experts at the NLCC. Awards ceremony honoring outstanding writers. Private buffet luncheon with NLCC speakers at historic mansion. Festive reception/supper at historic mansion. Concert at historic church.

Note: walking

Breakfast: A full breakfast will be served in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Programs during the NLCC, including an awards ceremony honoring Curtis Wilkie ("The Fall of the House of Zeus") and Jesmyn Ward ("Salvage the Bones").

Lunch: A private, specially arranged luncheon for Road Scholars only with NLCC speakers will be at a downtown mansion. A guided tour of the mansion will be included.

Afternoon: More programs at the NLCC

Dinner: Reception and dinner for a limited number will be at a mansion, honoring award winners and speakers.

Evening: A concert of Civil War-era music at Zion Chapel A.M.E. Church, dating to 1850s.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parkway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions.

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, February 24 - Tours of three mansions affected by the Civil War...
Tours of three mansions affected by the Civil War, tours of a slave market and two cemeteries, all associated with the war. Concluding lecture about Post-Civil War Natchez.

Note: walking

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Optional attendance at church. Tours of two mansions affected by the Civil War: octagonal, unfinished Longwood and the house where U.S. Grant slept, Rosalie, overlooking the river.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: Tour of Forks of the Road, a former slave market; Natchez City Cemetery and Natchez National Cemetery, where thousands of people who are associated with the Civil War lie buried; tour of The Burn, a mansion used as a hospital during the Civil War.

Dinner: at the hotel

Evening: Discussion of the NLCC's programs and lecture about Post-Civil-War Natchez by Dr. Aaron Anderson.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Monday, February 25 - Buffet breakfast and farewell
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Check out of hotel by 11 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Natchez, Miss.
Historic Mansions of NatchezVisit historic mansions, such as Longwood, uncompleted since 1861 when the Civil War broke out and Northern artisans fled back home. 140 Lower Woodville Rd, Natchez, (601) 442-5193. Rosalie, overlooking the river, and other houses, churches, and buildings: www.rosaliemansion.com
For additional information, visit: www.visitnatchez.com
Natchez Museum of African-American History and CultureExhibits include "Portraits of Black Natchez," from the Norman Collection, “The Rhythm Night Club Fire,” and “Natchez Beginnings of America's Cotton Kingdom.” Open Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. 301 Main Street, (601) 445-0728.
Natchez in Historic Photographs GalleryLocated in the First Presbyterian Church, this collection features the photography of Henry Norman, who photographed Natchez from 1870 until his death in 1913. Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 405 State St. (601) 442-2581.
For additional information, visit: www.natchezms.com
Trinity Episcopal ChurchTrinity Episcopal Church is the oldest church building in Natchez and the oldest existing Episcopal church building in Mississippi. The interior decoration includes two stained-glass windows designed and installed by Tiffany. 305 South Commerce Street, Natchez, (601) 445-8432.
Natchez, MS
Free Time In NatchezParticipants have lots to choose from for their free time. They can take another three house tour, go on carriage rides, play golf or tennis, and shop, just to mention a few.

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