Natchez, Mississippi, perched along picturesque high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, is a historic city with a unique and storied past. With more than 1,000 historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and several designated National Historic Landmarks, Natchez is a popular destination for exploring Southern history, architecture and traditions.
Known for its many fine examples of antebellum architecture and lovely gardens, Natchez welcomes thousands of visitors for five weeks each spring during the annual Natchez Spring Pilgrimage. Activities include tours of private homes and gardens, history and heritage themed performances, and several other special daytime and evening events.
- 2013 Natchez Spring Pilgrimage - March 9 - April 9, 2013
with extended stay events April 10 - 13, 2013
(Tentative future dates: March 8 - April 12, 2014)
Visitors may choose either morning or afternoon tours (or both) of antebellum homes and gardens. Docents and tour guides, costumed in hoop skirts and other period finery, provide interesting anecdotes and historical information about the homes and the people who have lived in them. Tickets for tours of additional antebellum museum houses open to the public may be purchased as well. Other daytime and evening entertainment options include concerts, musical pageants, plays and special dining events. For tour details and tickets, visit the Natchez Pilgrimage Tours Website.
- More Spring Highlights
Although the Spring Pilgrimage takes center stage, several other annual spring highlights include:
Natchez Powwow - Held in March at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, this annual weekend event features Native American music and dancing, food, crafts and jewelry. See: Natchez Powwow Website.
Natchez Bluff Blues Festival - This two-day festival of Mississippi blues takes place at the end of April. See: Natchez Tourism - Annual Events.
The Natchez Festival of Music - A May tradition in Natchez, the Natchez Music Festival produces and features operas, operettas, Broadway musicals, jazz, recitals, and special concerts on scheduled dates throughout the month. Venues include the Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center, as well as grand mansions, historical churches and other historical sites in the area. See: Natchez Festival of Music Website.
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