We stopped at Mount Locust, an old inn along the Natchez Trace.
Resting in the family cemetery here is Granny Polly, who outlasted several husbands and kept the family business alive.Can you see those Kaintucks coming down the trail?
On our wish list when planning this trip was to get to visit antebellum plantations. Natchez is the place to do that.
Melrose is a National Historic Site, but it was originally a "town house" for a wealthy lawyer-landowner-business man. His working farms were farther out of the city, and each had a grand house.
By the time we were through with two days of plantation visits, we had seen many magnificent live oak trees, but they never ceased to amaze me.
Beautiful iron work graced the back portico.
Also amazing were the huge grandiflora magnolia trees. This one was over 50 feet high.
We toured the inside of this grand house and were allowed to take photos. Many of the furnishing are original, or of the period.
Before we pursued more grand houses, we searched out the previous residents of the area, at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.
Yes, they were mound builders too.
And then, armed with a list of antebellum houses and my iPhone with Google Maps, we drove hither and yon around the city of Natchez, searching out plantations.
AuburnStanton Hall originally occupied an entire city block. As another "town home", it was not a working farm. In fact all of these were second homes for these wealthy folks.
We toured the inside of Stanton Hall, which is owned and operated by the Natchez Garden Club, but no photos were allowed.
Natchez is on a bluff above the river.
Our hotel, and the end of the road for Thursday, was over by that bridge.
After checking in and resting up, we crossed that bridge into Louisiana for a seafood dinner. We started with fried green tomatoes with a crawfish sauce. I followed that with Creole shrimp over penne pasta. Yum. Tom had a seafood gratin.It was getting dark when we crossed back into Mississippi.
As darkness fell we went for a walk around our hotel, watching the fireflies in the kudzu and enjoying the night sky: Jupiter, Venus and the crescent moon.