Natchez National Historical Park

Overview

Throughout history, Natchez has always been a place of opportunity and is evident throughout Natchez National Historical Park. From the magnificent antebellum estate of John McMurran, to the downtown home of African-American barber and diarist William Johnson, to the French Fort Rosalie, this diverse Mississippi River town has lent itself to opportunity.

Born in Pennsylvania in 1801, John T. McMurran was a man of ambition. Drawn to Natchez by the prospect of wealth, Mr. McMurran married, established himself as a successful lawyer, and commissioned the construction of his elegant Melrose estate. Guided tours of the home give visitors a glimpse into the lifestyle of the pre-Civil War American South and help them understand the roles that slaves played in an estate setting. Sitting today on 80 lush acres maintained by the National Park Service, the home stands as a well-preserved piece of America's history.

Born enslaved, William Johnson was freed at the age of eleven and later became a very successful barber and entrepreneur in the city of Natchez. The William Johnson House, recently renovated by the National Park Service, allows guests to learn more about the life of free African-Americans in the pre-Civil War South. Guests to the home will also learn about the extensive diary kept by William Johnson from 1835-1851 which detailed everyday life in Natchez.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

The park is open year-round. Winters in Natchez are moderate to mild. Summers can be extremely hot due to humidity.

Directions

Driving: 

Directions to the Melrose Estate:
From Jackson, MS: Take 55 South. Proceed on Highway 84 west to Highway 61. Proceed south towards Natchez and take a right on Melrose-Montebello Parkway. The park is located one mile on the right .

From Vicksburg, MS: Proceed south on Highway 61. Continue into Natchez and turn right on Melrose/Montebello Parkway. The park is located one mile on the right.

From Baton Rouge, LA: Proceed north on Highway 61. Continue into Natchez and turn left on Melrose/Montebello Parkway. The park is located one mile on the right.

From Vidalia and Alexandria, LA: Proceed east on Highway 84 and cross Mississippi River. Continue on 84 in Natchez and take a left on Highway 61. Proceed one mile and turn left on Melrose/Montebello Parkway. The park is located one mile on the right.

Directions to the William Johnson House:
From Jackson, MS: Proceed on Highway 84 to Highway 61 into Natchez. Turn right on Highway 84 west towards Mississippi River Bridge and Louisiana. Turn Right on Canal St. Turn Right on State St. The house in on the right.

From Vicksburg, MS: Proceed into Natchez via highway 61 and turn right on Highway 84 west towards Mississippi River Bridge and Louisiana. Turn right on Canal St. Turn right on State St. The house is on the right.

From Baton Rouge, LA: Proceed north on Highway 61 and turn left on Highway 84 towards Mississippi River Bridge and Louisiana. Turn right on Canal St. Turn right on State St. The house is on the right.

From Vidalia and Alexandria, LA: Proceed east on highway 84 and cross the Mississippi River. Turn left on canal St. Turn right on State St. The house is on the right.