Natchez National Historical Park, Natchez

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Natchez National Historical Park commemorates the history of Natchez, Mississippi, and is managed by the National Park Service.

The park consists of four separate sites:

Fort Rosalie is the site of a former fortification from the 18th century, built by the French. It was later renamed Fort Panmure and controlled in turn by Great Britain, Spain, and the United States. The fort site is not open to the public.

The William Johnson House was the home of William Johnson, a 19th-century free African American barber and resident of Natchez whose diary has been published.

Melrose was the estate of John T. McMurran, a lawyer, state senator, and planter who lived in Natchez from 1830 until the Civil War.

Forks of the Road marks what was the second-busiest slave trading market in the Deep South between 1832 and 1863. The park opened in an official ceremony on June 18, 2021.
Both Melrose and the William Johnson House contain furnishings related to life in antebellum Natchez and other exhibits. The collection at Melrose's two-story Greek Revival mansion and its slave quarters include painted floor cloths, mahogany, a punkah, a set of Rococo Revival parlor furniture, a set of Gothic Revival dining room chairs, and bookcases with books dating to the 18th century. These were collected from Natchez families, including the McMurran family. The collection in the Johnson house includes furnishings from his life and family. Archaeological objects found in the park are also on display.
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  • This Melrose Mansion tour was given by a National Park Service employee/ranger and was one of the best tours I have ever experienced. He was dynamic, compelling, and fully invested in the info he was....  more
    This Melrose Mansion tour was given by a National Park Service employee/ranger and was one of the best tours I have ever experienced. He was dynamic, compelling, and fully invested in the info he was....  more »
  • We had time for one tour so we chose this house and grounds. As usual the NPS does a wonderful job of restoring and preserving the heritage and history. Ranger Barney Shobey (sp?) gave us a great... 
    We had time for one tour so we chose this house and grounds. As usual the NPS does a wonderful job of restoring and preserving the heritage and history. Ranger Barney Shobey (sp?) gave us a great...  more »

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