Natchez National Historical Park, Natchez

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Natchez National Historical Park commemorates the history of Natchez, Mississippi, and is managed by the National Park Service.

The park consists of three 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.

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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  • The best part of our visit was learning from David, the National Park Ranger and tour guide. He provided us with a thorough and interesting introduction to not just this site but to the history of...  more »
  • For Many years my wife and I have come to this location to see how the progress of its restoration has come. it was not a disappointment. tour this historical location  more »

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