Well, we finally have Internet access – hanging out in a bookstore in Huntsville. We already visited a quilt shop, a Flea Market and an old hardware store (which is really now more of a gift shop) today. I had to get some work info onto my laptop and now that is done I thought I would post a couple of pictures.
Here is my post from our days in Natchez. I wrote this up even though I couldn’t get it uploaded:
We played tourist again today. Our first stop was Melrose – one of the antebellum mansions now owned by the National Park Service. It was absolutely amazing that a home built in 1849 was still in such original condition. Most of the furnishings were from the 1800’s and there had been very little done to update the house. The kitchen was still in one of the outbuildings and only one bathroom had been added. There was air conditioning, though! The house only had three owners before the Park Service and was unoccupied for almost 40 years at one point.
There are two large outbuildings behind the main house. One contained the dairy and laundry downstairs. The house slaves lived upstairs. Here is the second outbuilding taken from the upstairs balcony of the house. It contains the kitchen downstairs and more slave quarters upstairs.
You can read more about Melrose at the National Park Service site: http://www.nps.gov/natc/historyculture/places.htm
Yesterday, we passed several other old mansions that you can tour. They also have a big Pageant season here when people open their private homes for tours and galas. There are a lot of old homes in Natchez. If you were in to fixing up an old house, this would definitely be a good place to find your dream home. Maybe this old Victorian is to your liking:
After visiting Melrose, we went “further back in time” to visit the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. There was a small museum and two mounds. The Natchez are supposed to have built important buildings on top of the Mounds and lived in the area prior to the arrival of the French in the 1700’s.
Lastly, we drove back towards our campground to see Emerald Mound. It is the second largest of all the mounds built by the Mississippian Indians (which include the Natchez Indians) and was constructed and used circa 1250 to 1600 before they moved to the Grand village. The mound is 35 feet high and measures 770 feet by 435 feet at the base.
On Tuesday we’ll start our drive up the Natchez Trace Parkway toward Tennessee.