20379
Natchez
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
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Natchez, MS
D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

Afternoon: 4:30-6 p.m. registration in the hotel lobby. At 6 p.m. attend a Welcome-To-Natchez reception with complimentary wine..

Dinner: Dinner will be in the Natchez Grand Hotel.

Evening: Introductions of individuals, and overview of the week's program by Carolyn Vance Smith, author of "Natchez: An Illustrated History" and other non-fiction books about Natchez

DAY
2
Lectures about Natchez History & Culture
Natchez, MS
B,L,D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

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 an expert-led program about architecture and decorative arts will set the stage for the week's itinerary.

Lunch: A seated luncheon in a restaurant near the Mississippi River will be served.

Afternoon: A guided walking tour along the Mississippi River Bluff leads to a visit to Rosalie mansion, a National Historic Landmark. Complimentary glass of wine precedes a late afternoon guided bus tour around Natchez.

Dinner: A seated dinner will follow the day's historical agenda. It will be at a restaurant overlooking the Mississippi River. Cash Bar..

Evening: A stroll along the river bluff, enjoying the historic markers along the way, the river traffic, the spectacular sunset, and the evening lighting of the four-laned river bridge.

DAY
3
Lecture on slavery, mansion tours, piano concert
Natchez, MS
B,L,D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

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

Morning: A lecture about Natchez and slavery precedes an exploration of historic St. Mary Basilica, with exquisite statuary, false graining, and marble accents.

Lunch: Lunch at Trinity Episcopal Church, built in 1822, is home-made with love by members of the Churchwomen, who use proceeds from the meal for their numerous outreach projects.

Afternoon: An expert-led exploration of Trinity Episcopal Church, built in 1822, the oldest church building in Natchez, and home to incredible Tiffany and LaFarge windows, will be enhanced by a short concert of organ music. Next is an expert-led exploration and film at Temple B'Nai Israel, one of the oldest Jewish temples in the South. A visit follows at historic Pleasant Hill, a private home on Fall Pilgrimage. Free time follows. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a downtown restaurant featuring delectable foods mentioned in William Johnson's 1836 diary entries, foods continually eaten in the Deep South until today.

Evening: "Chopin and Champagne" is a delightful concert of classical piano music by a trained musician who performs in his historic home, the Joseph Stone House. Awaiting after the concert are a tour of the collections as well as champagne, wine, and juice.

DAY
4
Lectures on Civil War and Natchez' African-American History
Natchez, MS
B,L
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

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

Morning: Lecture on the African-American history and culture of Natchez by a resident African-American scholar, emphasizing William Johnson, who worked as a barber until his death in 1851. He kept a detailed diary for 16 years, which was published as "William Johnson's Natchez" in 1951 and later became the basis of a biography, "The Barber of Natchez." An exploration is included of the William Johnson House, a multi-million-dollar restoration project of the National Park Service. Following is an exploration of First Presbyterian Church (1828) and its gallery that features "Natchez in Historic Photographs," a collection of incredible Henry Norman photographs that cover nearly 100 years, beginning in 1851.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the downtown mansion, Magnolia Hall, followed by a tour of the Fall Pilgrimage favorite..

Afternoon: Free time until 5 p.m., when there is complimentary wine at the hotel. At 6 p.m. is a concert, "A Musical Portrait of Natchez," by a professional soprano and a professional pianist, with commentary, inside the mansion Stanton Hall, a National Historic Landmark.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own. Choose from an upscale, white-tablecloth restaurant to a cozy, informal cafe, or something in between. Staff will help with reservations.

Evening: Evening on your own.

DAY
5
Lectures on Reconstruction and famous Natchez writers
Natchez, MS
B,L,D
Natchez Grand Hotel

Activity note: walking required

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

Morning: A lecture on Reconstruction in Natchez and the Deep South precedes an informal session at which Road Scholars share their memories of programs they have attended. Bring yours!

Lunch: Lunch will be downtown near the river in a converted cotton warehouse.

Afternoon: A two-part segment called "Let Natchez Live On in Your Life...Through Books." Featured famous writers inspired by Natchez include Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Greg Iles, and others. Suggested but not required readings: Two short stories, "A Worn Path" by Welty and "Almos' a Man" by Wright. Complimentary wine at the hotel winds up the afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Carriage House on the grounds of Stanton Hall.

Evening: The evening is a perfect finale for the week, with a performance by Amos Polk's Voices of Hope Spiritual Singers at the Carriage House restaurant on the grounds of Stanton Hall. The choir presents stirring gospel selections.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Natchez, MS
B

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