Natchez is located on the Mississippi River near the Louisiana border and is about 90 miles southwest of Jackson, Mississippi's capital city. Travelers flock to Natchez, one of the oldest settlements on the Mississippi River, to visit ancestral homes and participate in fun-filled activities and festivals.
On your trip to historic Natchez, you will see the mighty river from the top of a hill, visit an African-American cultural museum, and visit the stately Antebellum houses. The Natchez National Historical Park commemorates the history of the city and is run by the National Park Service. One famous site here is the William Johnson House, which was home to a 19th-century free African-American barber.
Visitors can explore the history of the city, including its social, cultural, economic, and political growth. If you want to learn about American history, see some beautiful houses, or visit a destination off the beaten track (as visitors here are usually from the surrounding region), Natchez is the place to go.
Several times a year, Natchez hosts a series of music events featuring the world's best singers from Mississippi who travel specifically for these events. It is worth noting that during this annual spring and autumn pilgrimage, several of the preceding houses are open to the public, and performances and historical parades are held. In the 1940s, the transition from historic houses to museums began, and many features of the antebellum South have been preserved.
The Natchez Trace Parkway leads from Nashville to Natchez and ends at the Mississippi River.
US 61 runs through the city and connects Natchez with Jackson and the other major Mississippi cities. It is the state's 25th-largest city with a population of 16,000, as of 2010.
Named after the "Natchez Indians," the city was already a significant settlement along the Mississippi when the U.S. acquired the territory in 1798. Natchez became the first capital of the Mississippi Territory. The city served as an important settlement in an area that the U.S. had acquired from the British during the American Revolutionary War.