M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I Spell that five times fast
Trip Start May 01, 2008
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Natchez State Park
We had been wondering where all the people could be to go to all the churches, but this was Sunday morning, and ALL the church car parks were full..... Where did they all come from because the roads were nice and quite??
We reached the Mississippi border after an hour or so, Brent had been holding the camera determined to get the state sign as we passed. Toby decided it was time for a cigarette, so Brent put the camera down for a second and naturally we blew passed the welcome sign at 60mph!
We drove thru the state of Mississippi all the way across to the Mississippi River on route 84, which is the western border of the state. We headed for the historic town of Natchez. Natchez is an old Native American area, and also during the cotton plantation years the town with most millionaires in America. It is also the beginning of the Natchez Trace Parkway, which is an 8000 year old Indian trail from Natchez to Nashville Tennessee, now a scenic byway. In the Mississippi glory days lumber was floated down the river from Tennessee to Natchez, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the people used to them walk back all the way to Nashville... about 500 miles!
We arrive at our campsite quite early and booked for 2 nights as we wanted to explore some of the old plantation houses on the Mississippi. We stayed in Natchez State Park campground.
The following day we set off up the Parkway in search of an open Plantation house, we decided to see one of the more famous ones called Rosswood. An amazing Greek revival mansion owned by a retired general and his wife
We then headed for Windsor Ruins and got lost. After what seemed to be a never ending back road we arrived at the ruins. Windsor was the largest and most flamboyant of the antebellum mansions built in the area at that time, completed in 1861 at a cost of $175,000 to put this in perspective Rosswood only cost $10,000. The same year that it was completed the owner died and left the house to his wife and children. A few years later the American civil war raged in the area, the Windsor Mansion survived intact as it was used as a hospital for the union army, unfortunately most of the lands of the estate were confiscated by the government after the war, and the family was left practically penniless. In 1890 the whole place was raised to the ground by a careless smoker. There are no surviving pictures of the mansion, in 1992 the diary of a wounded civil war soldier was discovered and it contained a rough pencil drawing of the hospital he was treated in, this is the only know drawing of mansion.
We then headed further up the parkway to the Petrified Forest
Mississippi was a beautiful state to drive thru, and we will now be able to spell it correctly for the rest of our lives.
We grilled some steaks and prepared for an early departure as we were taking the 61 scenic byway north along the Mississippi River, following our determination to stay off the interstates.