Natchez, Mississippi – Day 3

March 21, 2013

Note: Mary flew from Baton Rouge Airport, Louisiana on March 12 to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to drift SLOWLY north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England for the Summer. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there! The Mississippi River is rich in history…I expect it to be an interesting passage.
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The motorhome is still parked at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1662 in Natchez, Mississippi.

Natchez remained mostly undamaged from the Civil War. Hence this old city with its narrow and many one-way streets remains a beautiful city. To read about Natchez, click this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natchez,_Mississippi

Yesterday’s first outing was back to Natchez under the hill. You can read more about this area of Natchez in yesterday’s Blog entry by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-7rN

The American Queen, had arrived at 8:00 AM. At 418 feet long and 99 feet to the top of her stacks, it’s the largest river steamboat ever built. Her passengers toured Natchez by the steamboat company bus and departed at 5:00 PM. I tried, but was not allowed to take interior photos. You can read about the American Queen by clicking this link…
http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

Here are some of the photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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Next stop was at one part of the Natchez National Historical Park…the William Johnston House. You can read all about William Johnston and his house by clicking the next link. The PDF file may take a few seconds to load…
http://www.nps.gov/natc/planyourvisit/upload/WilliamJohnsonHouseCorrectedMap.pdf

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Just one block up the street is the old Adams County Courthouse. I shot the courthouse photos in the watercolor mode which I like to use on stately old buildings…

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Final stop of the day was at the second part of the Natchez National Historical Park…Melrose. This 1800s Greek revival-style mansion represents the height of Southern prosperity and the “Cotton Kingdom.” Built by the John T. McMurran family beginning in 1841, Melrose was, according to McMurran daughter-in-law Alice Austen, “very elegant; one of the handsomest places I have seen North or South.” If you are curious, I found this YouTube video of Melrose on the Internet…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEMZMnDeKDU

The main house is currently undergoing restoration so I could not get inside….

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On the way back to the motorhome I passed the Auburn Mansion. There are so many mansions in the Natchez area…I’ve yet decided which one(s) to tour as they all want $15. You can read about Auburn by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auburn_%28Natchez,_Mississippi%29

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I’ll explore more of Natchez today.

Enjoying historic places is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Mississippi. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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2 Responses to “Natchez, Mississippi – Day 3”

  1. Philippe de Bersuder said

    Thanks a lot for your nice, beautiful and interesting pictures !
    All the best,
    Philippe from New Caledonia.

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