Historic Building in Natchez

Longwood

This multistory confection is not what it seems. Commissioned by cotton baron Haller Nutt in 1861, the interior of the home – the largest octagonal house in the US – is unfinished. Its exterior and basement were...

Historic Building in Natchez

Melrose

Tours of this Greek Revival home take a fascinating, multi-perspective look at life on the city estate of a slave-owning cotton magnate. A lawyer, state legislator and businessman, John McMurran moved into the...

Ruins in Natchez

Windsor Ruins

Twenty-three Corinthian columns are all that remain of the once grand mansion built for cotton baron Smith Coffee Daniel II in 1861. The 45ft-tall columns loom spookily among pines and live oaks in a spot about...

Basilica in Natchez

St Mary Basilica

Celebrating its first Mass on December 25, 1843, this striking Gothic Revival church is the longest-operating Catholic building in Mississippi. The ornate sanctuary, with its soaring deep-blue ceiling, prominent...

Archaeological Site in Natchez

Emerald Mound

Just outside town, along the Trace, you'll find Emerald Mound, the grassy ruins of a Native American city that includes the second-largest pre-Columbian earthworks in the US. Using stone tools, pre-Columbian...

Historic Site in Natchez

Forks of the Road Slave Market

The marker at this small memorial site is simple: a cluster of iron shackles that look like they're trying to escape from the surrounding concrete. It commemorates the site of one of the largest slave markets in...

Historic Building in Natchez

William Johnson House

A freed slave, Johnson produced 14 leather-bound diaries describing his life as a successful barber and community member in Natchez from 1835 to 1851. Exhibits describe his interesting life and his tragic murder,...

Historic Building in Natchez

Auburn Mansion

The red-brick Auburn Mansion, built in 1812, is famous for its freestanding spiral staircase. The architecture here influenced countless mansions throughout the South.