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First Presbyterian Church

117 South Pearl, Natchez, MS
601-442-2581
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Ranked #9 of 31 Attractions in Natchez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural

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Madison, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The church is nice and if you are lucky like we were someone will be there to tell you some of its history, but the real attraction is the photo exhibit upstairs, really beautiful and full of history.

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Poinciana, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

It was a beautiful church and the photo gallery offered an excellent pictorial history of Natchez. The gallery was organized by groups of inhabitants across the years, and there were also relics of photo equipment from the 19th century.

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Portland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Upstairs in the church's "gallery" is the most extraordinary collection of restored old photos, most from the latter half of the 19th century. Many are high-quality portraits of women and children, taken by the town's portrait photographers. Most of the subjects are white, but some are black, and they give faces and bodies and expressions to the people who inhabited... More 

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Hoover, AL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

If you are interested in history or historic photos, this is a well restored and preserved selection. Thousands of photos were restored and preserved from the late 1800s on. Photos of blacks and whites, and river boat and barges provide a glimpse of life in early Natchez.

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Houston, Texas
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110 reviews 110 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Its not the church but the collection of early Natchez photos that's the draw card here. The collection of two generations of professional photographers fills a huge area of the side rooms of the church and is presented in different themes to make it all the more interesting. I love small town museums and this is in that mold, giving... More 

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Ohio
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285 reviews 285 reviews
10 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We did not tour the church (there was no one there when we arrived) but viewed the photograph collection. I was very glad we did. The photographs are interesting in slice-of-life sort of way: family portraits, wedding pictures, children's pictures, adults' portraits, photos of gatherings at homes now lost to fire, photos of significant and everyday local events and the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Very nice volunteers met me at the door and led tour of the sanctuary. Very helpful information about the history of the church and the town. Self-guided tour upstairs of very large photograph collection is phoenominal. DO NOT MISS!

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Tennessee
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Someone at a restaurant noticed we were tourists and insisted we take the time to visit the church.. Wow, we are glad we did. The photos displayed laying out years of Natchez and southern history is like no other. It is on two floors of the church. The church is enchanting. This is on my top ten places to visit... More 

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henley-on-thames
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165 reviews 165 reviews
28 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The church itself was wll worth a view as it gave an insight to a Southern church. We visited the photography expedition on the upper floors depicting the houses and people of Natchez. This is well worth a visit and is free although donations are trequested.

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Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

The historic photo collection for Natchez is here and it is absolutely wonderful. Also, the church itself is beautiful.

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