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Trip List by Ashley H

Civil War History on the Mississippi

Apr 21, 2012  History buffs
3.5 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

We spent a weekend exploring the historical homes and battlefields of Natchez and Vicksburg, Misssissippi.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Natchez, Tupelo, Vicksburg
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Seniors, Students, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Natchez
    Natchez, Mississippi

    In addition to being chock full of beautiful antebellum homes you can tour, downtown there is a very quaint riverfront area with a small park on the bluff overlooking the water. Don't miss the visitor's center, which houses a few historical exhibits and is staffed by friendly and knowledgable staff.

  • 2. Old South Trading Post

    Great store on the waterfront in Natchez, Mississippi, that is part souvenir shop, part general store, and part curiosity emporium. You can find everything from t-shirts to Christmas ornaments, gag gifts to locally made pepper jelly and jam.

  • 3. Melrose
    Melrose, Natchez, Mississippi

    This is the only antebellum home in Natchez operated by the National Park Service. The house may not be as impressive on the outside as some of the other Natchez homes, but the fascinating tour divulges all the bittersweet and tangled history of the home and its inhabitants.

  • 4. Longwood
    Longwood, Natchez, Mississippi

    This antebellum home is unusual for many reasons - one being it's strange, eight-sided architecture, the other being that the inside is mostly unfinished (the tragic history behind this will be divulged on the interesting tour). You may also recognize the exterior of the home from its appearance on HBO's True Blood as the home of Russel Edgington.

  • 5. Natchez Trace Parkway
    Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, Mississippi

    Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive along the historic Natchez Trace, the path the Native Americans used to travel between Natchez and Nashville, Tennessee. There are great picnic areas and trails along the Trace.

  • 6. Sunken Trace

    This section of the original Natchez Trace has been eroded over time by water, time, and countless footprints over the centuries. Here is one of the only sections of the Trace that you can easily walk on - just like the Native Americans of long ago.

  • 7. Vicksburg
    Vicksburg, Mississippi

    Though most of the city is in economic decline, there is a small shopping area near the riverfront that is worth a stroll through.

  • 8. Walnut Hills Round Table Restaurant
    Walnut Hills Restaurant, Vicksburg, Mississippi

    Practically the only restaurant open on Sundays in downtown Vicksburg, you can enjoy a well-priced Sunday Dinner Plate, filled with old fashioned Southern cuisine like fried chicken, rice and gravy, biscuits, and peach cobbler.

  • 9. Vicksburg National Military Park
    Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi

    The best-presented and best-maintained Civil War battlefield I have ever visited. Civil War buffs will be impressed by the expansive site, thoughtfully prepared exhibits, and knowledgable staff.