|Natchez National Historical Park -|
The Natchez Trace Parkway (or wiki link) commemorates the most significant highway of the Old Southwest. The natural travel corridor that became the Natchez Trace dates back many centuries. As the United States expanded westward in the late 1700s and early 1800s, growing numbers of travelers tramped the rough trail into a clearly marked path. Where the ground was relatively soft the trail was worn down so there are "sunken" sections that still exist today. We drove the section from Natchez for about 67 miles until we got off and went over to Vicksburg.
|Sunken section of the Trace|
|Old safe left at Rocky|
Springs town site
We got off the parkway and went over to Vicksburg to go to the Vicksburg National Military Park. We aren't Civil War buffs by any means but the battle there (wiki link) had such a significant importance to the war it seemed like a good place to visit, while in the area, to learn the story. We didn't do the 16 mile drive round the battle points of interest but we did go in the visitor center where they have a great 20 minute film that tells the story in enough detail for us.
|Actual field desk used by an|
officer at Vicksburg
|Old Warren County|
Our day trip continued over to Jackson to see the Mississippi State Capitol before heading "home" (Natchez State Park). We visited the old Capitol, built in 1839, first which has been wonderfully restored and is now a museum. The current Capitol, opened in 1903, is about 5 blocks away, a nice walk through a nice area of town. The current Capitol is a grand building with a lot of marble. Very nicely done.
|Mississippi Old Capitol - 1839|
|Mississippi State Capitol - 1903|