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...

Live Music in Natchez

Smoot's Grocery

Smoot's Grocery, we like how you sing the blues. Housed in a well-worn former grocery close to the Mississippi, this beer hall loves live music. It's mostly blues bands, but you might catch swamp rock, roots...

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...

Bar in Natchez

Under the Hill Saloon

A tremendously fun and historic bar that was once a favorite haunt of Samuel Clemens, a riverboat pilot who would go on to be known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The bar closes whenever everyone has emptied out....

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,...

Pizza in Natchez

King's Tavern

Probably built before 1789, this cozy brick-and-wood tavern is believed to be the oldest building in Natchez, once serving as a tavern and stage stop at the end of the Natchez Trace. And yes, the place is...

Microbrewery in Natchez

Natchez Brew Co

Children play on the lawn while their parents sample beers at this ever-expanding brewery. Inside, enjoy a flight of the easy-drinking brews at one of the picnic tables, all flanked by enormous vats. The Bluff...

American in Natchez

Camp Restaurant

For a fun atmosphere and good pub grub (burgers, sandwiches, tacos and seafood platters), grab a seat in this new addition to the Under-the-Hill District – just steps from the Mississippi River. Adding to the...

Southern US in Natchez

Magnolia Grill

Down by the riverside, this attractive wooden storefront grill with exposed rafters and outdoor patio is a good place for a pork tenderloin po'boy or a fried crawfish and spinach salad.

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.

Cafe in Natchez

Cotton Alley

This cute whitewashed dining room is chockablock with knickknacks and artistic touches. The menu borrows from local tastes – think grilled chicken sandwich on Texas toast and jambalaya pasta – but it does a nice...