Signature City Natchez: Jewel of History and Culture on the Mississippi
Get to know Natchez on the Mississippi through expert lectures, excursions to antebellum mansions, cultural performances and the down home taste of authentic Southern cuisine.
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Program No. 20379RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Named after a Native American tribe, the Mississippi River settlement of Natchez absorbed French, English and Spanish influences before becoming part of the U.S. Today it preserves the historic character of its landscapes and beautiful architecture as well as any American city. Join us to explore the oldest settlement on the Mississippi that became a center of wealth and culture in the antebellum era. Contrast lives above the bluffs with Natchez-under-the-Hill, examining the heritage of freed slaves and social realities that have changed from romantic notions of the Old South to the more egalitarian New South. Activities coincide with either the Spring or Fall Pilgrimages or the annual Natchez Antiques Forum, festivals where access to historic homes and beautiful gardens is granted and special evening entertainments take place.
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile per day, except for one day that totals 1 1/2 miles, split into short segments. Terrain is city sidewalks with occasional slight rise. Seating is available along the way while walking.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Field trips to great mansions, fascinating museums and historic sites tell the unique story of Natchez.
  • Attend special events and presentations associated with seasonal activities in the bustling city of Natchez.
  • Savor real Southern hospitality at a private luncheon and a private dinner at two 19th-century mansions.
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Sheila Alwood
Sheila Alwood holds a bachelor's degree from Mississippi University for Women and a master's degree from Louisiana State University. She is a longtime educator, recently retired as principal of public schools in Concordia Parish, La. Sheila is active in numerous civic, church, and social groups in Natchez, Miss., and in Concordia Parish, La.
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