Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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Dozen Distinctive Destinations
Natchez, Mississippi

With eight National Register historic districts, Natchez boasts a wealth of stately mansions, plus a diverse array of other buildings in styles from grand Greek Revival to simple shotgun. Visitors shouldn't miss the historic Under-the-Hill area beside the Mississippi River, which was the town's cotton-shipping center. The main portion of downtown, atop a bluff overlooking the river, includes shops, restaurants, a unique collection of historic religious structures, and the Museum of Afro-American History and Culture.

The 1818 Greek Rivial mansion home of General John A. Quiman, a Mexican War hero and early governor of Mississippi is now Monmouth Plantation, one of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America.

The year-round bounty of Southern hospitality includes the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race, a Mardi Gras parade, the Opera Festival, a Juneteenth Celebration, and the famed spring and fall Pilgrimage to historic houses.

Just outside town, tours of the native Natchez Tribe's ancient ceremonial mounds and educational programs for children are available.

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