Now, let's go sightseeing in Natchez. This is one of the restaurants we frequent downtown, Biscuits and Blues. Greg Iles, a NY best selling author who lives in town, often mentions their crawfish and mushroom topped beignets in his books. And they are super good! In fact, that's where we ate after the tour and both John and Clyde ordered that appetizer.
I love downtown Natchez. It is very quaint and charming and it has so many good restaurants and lots of antique shops. Parking is no problem.
Below is William Johnson's building. He is the famous Barber of Natchez. If you want to know about Natchez' history first hand, you should read "The Barber of Natchez". William Johnson was a slave who rose to freedom and became a successful businessman, first as a barber and then went into real estate and other businesses, owned his own slaves, all before 1850. He kept a 2000 page diary of his day to day life including the exact amounts of what he spent and all his business records. It is really very interesting and Natchez owes a lot to him. Because of what he recorded, Natchez became aware of its past history.
These are houses that are very typical of what you see around downtown. The background picture is a bluff full of kudzu, which is everywhere here too.
Sorry, I have to show you this tree but it is part of history. This tree in front of City Hall was the same one where outlaws were actually hung. Their loved ones stood on the ground tearfully hugging them as they hang down to their last breathe. I am glad that practice does not exist anymore.
Prentiss Hall: We always held physicians' Christmas parties here in the past but the building has just sold so I am not sure if we will continue having them here, but the building and all its furnishing are really exquisite and so beautiful. It is full of antiques.
This is a private home and I am sure the owner does not believe in "less is more", lol. AJ gets a kick out of this house everytime we see it and you will never miss it driving by towards the Mississippi River.
Have you read Greg Iles' latest novel, "The Devil's Punchbowl"? I asked our friend to take us there and so he did. It is just north of the cemetery. It was kinda spooky. The devil's punchbowl is a very deep semi circular pit and was said to be used as a hiding place by the river pirates. Some still believes that there are still some hidden treasures in there along with some skeletons and dead bodies but I am not going down there to find out.