Sep 01, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
Natchez is another incredibly quaint little town on the Mississippi, with a wealth of historic buildings and a fabulous view up and down the river. To get here from Vicksburg you can follow part of the "Natchez Trace Parkway", a quiet, leafy, gently undulating, scenic road. The road actually links Natchez on the Mississippi with Nashville - a long, long, long way to the North. In 'ye olden days', before steamboats, farmers and others in Nashville used to cart their stuff to the Mississippi, throw it all on a flatboat and drift it down river to Natchez to sell. Then, because the current is too strong for them to paddle back upstream, they would walk all the way back to Nashville. The modern parkway follows the route as closely as possible and you can stop in places to see the old road. There wasn't any of that on our stretch, but there was a ceremonial mound constructed and used by the Indians in the area several hundred years ago. Similarly to the idea of a historic battleground, to picture life around the ancient ceremonial mound is a bit of a stretch, because it is now just a hillock covered in grass.