Set on the Mississippi River, Natchez is a riverside city that is renowned for its beautifully restored antebellum mansions, historic house museums, cultural sites, and recreational and scenic parks. The Grand Village of the Natchez is home to a reconstructed Natchez house and three ceremonial mounds. Magnificent antebellum homes and historic house museums include the Auburn Museum & Historic Home, Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion, and the William Johnson House.
1. Auburn Museum & Historic Home
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The Auburn Museum & Historic Home is an antebellum mansion and National Historic Landmark in Duncan Park. Designed and built in 1812 by Levi Weeks, the building was constructed in the Greek revival order and was the first significant building in Natchez to follow an actual architectural plan. The mansion features a prominent two-story Greek portico and pedimented gable, a magnificent unsupported geometrical spiral staircase between the first and second floors, a central core, and flanking symmetrical wings. The interiors of the mansion feature several antiques and period pieces on display, and guests can explore the Auburn Museum and Historic House on guided tours and browse the gift shop.
400 Duncan Avenue, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 601-442-5981
2. Biscuits & Blues
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Biscuits & Blues is a casual tavern set within a beautifully restored historical building that serves classic Southern fare and drinks and live entertainment. Boasting dark wood and brass accents, the charming pub-style eatery is dedicated to “hot biscuits and cool blues” and serves local takes on comfort foods, including crab-stuffed jalapenos, tiny muffuletta sandwiches, fully dressed po'boys, smoked ribs, and fried oysters. Biscuits & Blues hosts live music performances every evening and is one of Natchez’s hot spots.
3461, 315 Main St, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 601-446-9922
3. Downtown Karla Brown
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Downtown Karla Brown offers a variety of guided tours in and around the city of Natchez. Visitors can choose from five different tours, ranging from the Natchez History Tour, which explores antebellum homes, a trading post, a local winery, and a local eatery, to the fascinating Vicksburg Civil War Tour, which stops at the Windsor Ruins and the Emerald Mound, and a narrated tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park. Other trips include a scenic 3-day, 2-night bicycle tour along the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, a 2-hour ghostly getaway that discovers local haunts and legends, and a literary book tour of the locations mentioned in several of Greg Iles' novels.
512 Franklin St, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 907-540-0001
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4. Emerald Mound Site, Natchez, Mississippi
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The Emerald Mound Site is an ancient archaeological site dating back to the Plaquemine culture Mississippian period. Also known as the Selsertown site, the historic mound can be found on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Stanton and dates back to between 1200 and 1730 AD. Covering 8 acres, measuring 770 feet by 435 feet at the base and 35 feet in height, the Emerald Mound has a flat top with two smaller secondary mounds at each end and is the second largest earthwork from the Pre-Columbian period in the country. The Emerald Mound Site is a National Historic Landmark and open to the public to explore.
Emerald Mound Rd, Natchez, MS 39120
5. Fat Mama's Tamales, Natchez, Mississippi
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Fat Mama’s Tamales is a casual Mexican eatery on Canal Street in Natchez that is renowned for its homemade tamales and fresh margaritas, which are served in a bright and vibrant interior of a quaint house. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, the family-friendly restaurant serves a range of mouthwatering Mexican fare such as homemade chili, taco salads, Mexican cornbread, casseroles, nachos and salsa, boudin, and fire-and-ice pickles. The delicious cuisine is accompanied by “knock-you-naked” margaritas, craft beers, sodas, and wine.
303 S Canal St, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 601-442-4548
6. Grand Village of the Natchez
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The Grand Village of the Natchez is a 128.1-acre site encompassing an ancient indigenous village and earthwork mounds in south Natchez. Also known as the Fatherland Site, the historic village complex dates back to about 1200 AD, when it was constructed by members of the prehistoric Plaquemine culture. The village is named after the Natchez people, who used the site in the 17th and 18th centuries and who added the historic mounds in the early 18th century. Today, the site is a National Historic Landmark and one of the top tourist attractions in Natchez with a museum that holds several artifacts excavated from the site, a picnic pavilion, and a network of nature trails.
400 Jeff Davis Blvd, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 601-446-6502
7. Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens
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Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens is a beautifully restored historic antebellum home on John A. Quitman Boulevard that has been transformed into a small luxury hotel. Set on 26 acres of exquisitely manicured gardens and grounds, Monmouth was built in 1818 by John Hankinson and later renovated by John A. Quitman in 1853. One of Natchez's grandest Greek revival mansions, the mansion is a National Historic Landmark and a luxury boutique hotel with 30 rooms and suites, a fine dining restaurant, and an elegant lounge. Tours of the estate and gardens are offered daily, and a gift shop is open to the public all week.
1358 John A Quitman Blvd, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 601-442-5852
8. Natchez Brewing Company
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Natchez Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated brewery in historic downtown Natchez that produces several artisanal and craft brews. The brewery produces a rustic ale series, which include 301, Cronyism, Rascalism, and Nepotism, Revival Coffee Porter, and a Delta Shadow Black IPA, and offers flights and food, as well as functions and events throughout the year.
207 High St, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 828-713-5311
9. Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture
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The Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture is a museum that highlights the history of African Americans in the southern United States. Established in 1991 by the Natchez Association for the Preservation of African American Culture (NAPAC), the museum is set within a former United States Post Office building that dates back to 1904. The museum features approximately 10,000 square feet of space that house an array of exhibits, from the incorporation of the City of Natchez in 1716 through to the present, covering slavery, the Civil War, the Reconstruction, 20th century wars and the Civil Rights Era. The museum also hosts several educational programs for visiting students.
301 Main Street, Natchez, MS 39120
10. Natchez National Historical Park
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Natchez National Historical Park is a public park in Natchez that commemorates the history of the city. The park comprises three different sites, namely Fort Rosalie, the William Johnson House, and the Melrose Estate. Built by the French in the 18th century, Fort Rosalie is the site of a former fortification that was later renamed Fort Panmure and controlled by Great Britain, Spain, and finally the United States. The William Johnson House was the home of 19th century African-American barber and Natchez resident William Johnson, and the Melrose Estate is the beautifully maintained estate of a lawyer, state senator, and planter John T. McMurran, who lived in Natchez. The William Johnson House and the Melrose Estate display an array of antiques and period pieces collected from different eras, and archaeological objects found in the park are also on display.
Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi
11. Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, Natchez, MS
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Natchez Pilgrimage Tour Company offers guided tours of Natchez’s top cultural and historical attractions, including historic homes, landmarks, and literary history. The company provides a variety of services from interactive historical presentations, house tours, and concerts to entertainment, festivals, and step-on guides for buses. Tours are offered each fall and spring and include historical homes, mansions, and estates, such as Longwood, Stanton Hall, Rosalie, The Burn, Linden, and the House on Ellicott Hill. The owners of these historic homes show off their magnificent homes and infamous Southern hospitality by opening their doors to allow visitors an opportunity to experience the history that shaped this charming Mississippi city.
211 Main Street Suite B, Phone: 601-446-6631
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12. Old South Winery
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The Old South Winery is a quaint local family-owned and operated winery that produces and stocks a variety of muscadine-focused wines and has a cozy tasting room where visitors can sample a selection of fine wines. Owned by the Galbreath family, the winery buys the finest muscadine grapes from Mississippi growers and makes wine in the tradition of old Mississippi wine making, using modern techniques to capture the true essence of the fruit. The Old South Winery produces nine muscadine wines in red, white, and rose with varying sweetness levels, from dry to lightly sweetened, as well as one blueberry wine.
65 S Concord Ave, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 601-445-9924
13. Open Air Tours Natchez
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Open Air Tours Natchez offers narrated tours of the historic district of Natchez in open-sided, six-passenger Polaris electric cars. Tours last for between 45 and 60 minutes and explore the rich history of Natchez by visiting some of the beautiful antebellum and Victorian era homes and historic sites around the city. Tours are offered four times a day, 7 days a week, and need to be pre-booked to ensure a place.
640 South Canal Street Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 601-442-2151
14. Quapaw Canoe Company
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The Quapaw Canoe Company offers canoeing and kayaking adventures and guided trips on the Lower Mississippi River in Natchez as well as Fort Adams, Vicksburg, Vidalia, and St. Francisville. Established in 2014 by river guide Adam Elliott, the Quapaw Canoe Company gives visitors the opportunity to experience the wild power of the Lower Mississippi River, the Mississippi loess bluffs, and the northeastern Louisiana floodplain. In addition to experiencing towering cliffs, extensive sandbars, endless forests, and the beautiful muddy Mississippi river, paddlers will also learn more about the adjacent oxbow lakes, back channels, river chutes, and seasonally flooded landscapes of the surrounding terrain. Quapaw Canoe Company trips cater for adventurers and naturalists of all ages, and no previous paddling experience is necessary.
291 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale, MS 38614, Phone: 662-627-4070
15. Rosalie Mansion
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Rosalie Mansion is a beautifully restored and maintained mansion dating back to the early 1800s and a historic house museum open for the public to explore. Built in 1823, the architectural design of the landmark pre-Civil War mansion inspired many of Natchez's grand Greek revival mansions and was a significant influence on the subsequent antebellum architecture and design in the region. Located at the junction of Orleans and South Broadway Streets southwest of Natchez's downtown area with beautiful views of the Mississippi River, Rosalie Mansion served as Union headquarters for the Natchez area during the American Civil War. Today, the mansion is owned, operated, and maintained as a historic house museum by the Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution and is a National Historic Landmark. Docent-led guided tours of Rosalie Mansion are available.
100 Orleans Street, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 601-446-5676
16. Steampunk Coffee Roasters, Natchez, MS
Steampunk Coffee Roasters is a cozy café that serves freshly roasted premium coffee and specialty coffee drinks along with loose leaf teas and a variety of coffee beans from around the world. Open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday, the friendly coffee-centric café serves a wide range of coffee-based drinks from the regular espresso, cappuccino, and macchiatos to French press, siphon vacuum, and Turkish coffee. Iced coffee drinks, smoothies, and chai lattes are also available, along with a small menu of sweet treats such as muffins, brownies, biscotti, and homemade quiche.
636 Franklin St, Natchez, MS 39120, Phone: 601-334-5179
17. William Johnson House, Natchez, Mississippi
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The William Johnson House is a museum that was once the home of the free African-American barber William T. Johnson, who lived in Natchez. Born into slavery in 1809 and later emancipated by his owner in 1820, Johnson trained as a barber and became a successful entrepreneur with his barbershop, bathhouse, and bookstore. The story of his rise from slavery into a successful life became symbolic for freedom fighters around the country, and his diary was published in 1951 and later archived at the Louisiana State University. His mansion became part of Natchez National Historical Park through an act of Congress in 1990 and is open for the public to enjoy.
210 State St, Natchez, MS 39120
18. The Towers
The Towers Mansion is undoubtedly one of the most elegant Mansion Houses in Mississippi. The historic mansion is surrounded by 5 acres of lush gardens including some enormous oak trees which pre-date the Civil War. The interior of this grand residence is filled with period antique pieces, original wall coverings and antique draperies. The mansion was built over three distinct periods, the earliest of which was 1790. Over the decades, many alterations and additions were made, resulting in the amazing structure you see today. To learn all about the myths and legends surrounding the mansion (including the ghost stories) you can join a guided tour of the property.
801 Myrtle Ave, Natchez, MS 39120, 601 446 6890
19. Magnolia Bluffs Casino
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Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, on the site of the former historic Learned’s Mill, the Magnolia Bluffs Casino is a popular meeting and gaming location. The spacious casino floor is home to more than 500 slot machines for you to try, including old favorites and brand new releases. There are 14 table games to try including Roulette, Craps, Poker and Black Jack. The casino runs regular special promotions including Senior’s Day, Birthday Play-n-Win and Tuesday Trivia. If you would like to linger a little longer you can book one of the hotel’s spacious and modern guestrooms or suites.
7 Roth Hill Rd, Natchez, MS 39120, 601 235 0045
20. Rhythm Nightclub Memorial Museum
On the 23rd of April 1940 the unthinkable happened in Natchez, Mississippi. A large group of people where socializing and having fun at the Rhythm Nightclub when a fire broke out at around midnight. There was only one door to get in and out of the club, which meant that many of the revelers were trapped inside. In total, 208 people perished in the fire and many more were traumatized. The Rhythm Nightclub Memorial Museum was set up to honor all who lost their lives in the tragic incident and to help insure that history will not be repeated. The museum contains newspaper clippings, recorded interviews with survivors, first-hand descriptions of the fire and much more.
5 St. Catherine Street, Natchez, MS 39120, 601 442 6597
The 20 Must-See Attractions in Natchez, Mississippi & Fun things to do near me today:
- 1. Auburn Museum & Historic Home
- 2. Biscuits & Blues
- 3. Downtown Karla Brown
- 4. Emerald Mound Site, Natchez, Mississippi
- 5. Fat Mama's Tamales, Natchez, Mississippi
- 6. Grand Village of the Natchez
- 7. Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens
- 8. Natchez Brewing Company
- 9. Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture
- 10. Natchez National Historical Park
- 11. Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, Natchez, MS
- 12. Old South Winery
- 13. Open Air Tours Natchez
- 14. Quapaw Canoe Company
- 15. Rosalie Mansion
- 16. Steampunk Coffee Roasters, Natchez, MS
- 17. William Johnson House, Natchez, Mississippi
- 18. The Towers
- 19. Magnolia Bluffs Casino
- 20. Rhythm Nightclub Memorial Museum