Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Natchez, MS Day 2

We spent today touring old homes in Natchez. The first three that we saw were only open for the town's annual Spring Pilgrimage event. They were Magnolia Hall (1858), Shields Town House (1860) and Airlie (1790) - each distinct in architecture and setting but all of them showing the opulence of the wealthy people of the times. After a delicious lunch at the Magnolia Grill located in Nachez Under the Hill (e.g. right on the Mississippi River), we drove out to see Mammy's Cupboard - a most unusual building indeed. From there, we toured Longwood, the largest octagonal house in America, which was started in 1859 by a wealthy cotton planter, Haller Nutt. Construction was stopped in 1861 due to the start of the Civil War and it was never completed. A most interesting place to see...

2 comments:

sylvia said...

susan - I would sing happy birthday but I would embarrass everyone. Hope you have a good day, it seems that the trip is going well aside from the rain. Sylvia

Sarah and Brad said...

Looks like you guys are having fun as always. Don't you wish you were here at GT for the April 15th deadline though?...
Happy Birthday!!
-Sarah Butler