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“A must see while in Natchez!”

Natchez National Historical Park
Ranked #16 of 50 things to do in Natchez
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Owner description: This park contains three important sites for history buffs: Fort Rosalie, the William Johnson House and the Melrose estate.
Malvern AR, United States
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A must see while in Natchez!”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Toured both the Melrose & the William Johnson House. Both were very interesting!! You get two different views of Natchez history. The National Park Service is doing an excellent job with these two historic sites!

Visited May 2013
Thank Sue J
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Nashville, TN
Level 6 Contributor
862 reviews
579 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 859 helpful votes
“Very Worthwhile”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We visited both sites of the Natchez National Historical Park -- Melrose and the William Johnson home -- both were very meaningful. I've reviewed Melrose separately, so I'll focus this review on the William Johnson house which, by the way, is free.

The downtown location of the William Johnson house is easy to visit while taking a walking tour of the area. A friendly park service interpreter offered interesting information; otherwise, visitors tour on their own. The displays on the first floor tell Johnson's story -- don't rush it. The individual rooms can be viewed in the living quarters upstairs.

Touring the Johnson home offers a completely different story than the other houses that we toured in Natchez. It helped us to gain a more rounded picture of life in historic Natchez.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank RetiredTravelerTN
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West Bend, WI
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A different kind of southern history than the antebellum mansions”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

If you love all types of history this building and story are very interesting. William Johnson was born a slave but emancipated by his white slave owner at the age of 11. He became a successful Natchez business man. We definitely benefited by having a well informed and entertaining Park Ranger who, as a Natchez native, gave us some great perspective about Mr. Johnson and the surrounding city. Great stop...and, it was free!

Visited March 2013
1 Thank maybepat1
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Mandeville, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Gave me chills”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

As a former history teacher, this was a can't miss for me. You can feel the history and let you mind wander thinking about all that took place there. Really enjoyed it.

Visited February 2013
Thank Baldmandave
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Austin, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“William Johnson House was very interesting.”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

After touring several Antibellum mansions in Natchez, it was a nice change to see where a local business man lived. William Johnson was a freed slave who succeeded as a barber and prospered to such an extent that he owned slaves himself. His life story is very interesting. Make a point to stop here. Oh, and this one is free!

Visited February 2013
Thank Star0fTexas
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