Natchez Trace Parkway Part 2

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Natchez State Park

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday, February 24th

Today we got up and went for a run through the campground. Some of the more permanent people and some pretty nice setups going on. Some of the sites are right on the water and were pretty cool. Most of the sites had boats with them too.  Jared decided that they were all retired people with their fishing boats.  If we had more time we might have stayed longer so that we could do some fishing.  After getting cleaned up we headed out (it was a gorgeous day so Jared got to wear shorts and I wore my first sun dress YAY!!) and back on to the Natchez Trace Parkway.  From the parkway we stopped at the Mississippi Crafts Center. It was pretty cool there was lots of good artwork to check out.  Outside of the main building was a building that housed stations for blacksmiths.  There was a really nice blacksmith Lyle Wynn working and he took the time to show us how he makes some of his stuff.  We bought a bangle and bottle opener off of him. 

After the craft center we headed to Vicksburg to check out the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Company Museum.  This is where the Coca-Cola was first bottled, which obviously caught on nicely.  After the Coca-Cola Company we headed over to the Vicksburg National Military Park. There was a driving loop throughout the entire park that we drove and stopped to check out different memorials and stops along the loop.

After heading out of Vicksburg we headed back to the Natchez Trace Parkway to continue our way south.  On this part of the parkway we stopped to see Rocky Springs, which is an old town site that was formerly a thriving town in 1860. The Civil War, yellow fever, and the stop of the spring flowing eventually brought the town to its end.  Next stop was the Owens Creek Waterfall, which is no longer really a waterfall sing the spring dried mostly up.  After that we stopped at the Sunken Trace, a park of the old trace that is a deeply eroded section of the original trace.  

After the Sunken Trace we took a detour off the parkway into the town of Port Gibson.  Apparently during the Civil War General Grant reportedly said this town was "too pretty to burn."  We drove by the 1859 First Presbyterian Church which has a huge golden hand on top the steeple with its index finger pointing heavenward. 

Once back on the parkway the last stop we made was at the Emerald Mound.  Natchez ancestors built this ceremonial mound (nearly eight acres) about 1400 years ago.  There was a trail that led to the top of the mound.  We went up to check out the sties from the top. After that we headed to the Natchez State Park to spend the night. 
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