Sunday, January 31, 2016

Indian Mounds and the Natchez Trace and Cementarys

The weather here has been really nice the last few days so we did some sight seeing. We started our tour with a visit to the Natchez Indian Culture Center here in town . It turned out that there are Indian Mounds right in the heart of town.

A reproduction of a typical home for the Natchez Tribe .

The smaller of the three mounds on this site.

Another view.

Standing atop of the larger of the three mounds.

Found this iron work in the Natchez City Cemetery , there were several burials from the 19th century in the plot. Both Brothers and Sisters.

The chain work went all the way around the plot.

Unlike several of the larger cities in the South. Natchez has decided to embrace it's history and has placed historical signs all over the city describing it's past.

When we visited this site some 10 years ago it sparked an interest that has us always searching for more . We now have been to all three of the largest Mounds in North America and they are just amazing . To stand at the top and look out over the vast areas that could be seen is just breath taking.

Lauren surveying the lower mound.

I was some 40 feet above Lauren on the very top of Emerald Mound.

We spent some time on the Natchez Trace this weekend and found of course some 18th century history.

This is the actual building ,not a reproduction.

And we always thought that the North East was where all the Ladies got there rights movement started.

This is all that's left of the collage , but it's still there in spirit.

You just have to cross the road and walk in their foot steps.

When we went to mount Locust the first time we were late in the day so we had to go back and find the Slave Cemetery. It's so rare to find one where they know some of the names of those who have passed . Not many as they figure there are some 50 burials here. But like so many old plots , they are lost to time.

We also made it to the Windsor Ruins . What make them unique is the cast iron head pieces .

It's amazing that they have survived all this time. Built just before the Civil War, it survived it and finally was burned by accident in 1890. It stayed in the original family until the 70's when it was given to the state of Mississippi.

We had been to this site before but this is the first time we were there during the day and with so sun to boot. You can feel the history here as this house stood here during the Civil war Battle for Windsor. Part of Grants Campaign after the fall of Vicksburg.

1 comment:

  1. This brought back some OLD memories. This was the first place I visited when I went on a bike tour with my local Sierra Club. We camped, and then rode the trail and stopped at several of these places along the way. Thanks for sharing.