Historic Natchez

Here, you can learn about all things Natchez, Mississippi. You may sort by the categories listed below or view all entries.

  • Historic Images

    View of Natchez from the water tower looking northwest towards Linton Avenue.

    1888 Read More

  • Historic Images

    Water Tower at North Union and Monroe Streets

    8 man crew constructing the water tower c. 1890. Read More

  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    Record Room

    Note the decorative open book above the entrance. Read More

  • Saving History

    From the Collection: Melrose

    An amazing lift-top Japanese black lacquer sewing table. Read More

  • Buildings

    515 Main Street

    It became the Clarke Theatre in c. 1947. Read More

  • Updates

    HNF Earns Statewide Recognition for Ongoing Preservation

    HNF recognized with special Presidential Award Read More

  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    The Schwartz-Stewart House

    Gone but not forgotten. Read More

  • Saving History

    From the Collection: Melrose

    "Old Paris" Read More

  • Preservation Projects

    Preservation Technology

    3D models and point cloud laser scanning. Read More

  • Buildings

    City Bank and Trust Company Building

    Neo-Classicism in Natchez. Read More

  • Preservation Projects

    Natchez Outbuilding Survey: Screened Walkways and Separate Entrances

    These structures offer much more information than meets the eye. Read More

  • Buildings

    The Henderson Cotton Warehouse at 100-102 Main Street

    The building at 100-02 Main Street was built in two major stages with the earliest western section erected about 1850 for planter and cotton merchant Thomas Henderson. Read More

  • Historic Figures

    Generals Grant and Sherman in Natchez

    General Grant arrived here this morning, a battery was planted on the hills to salute him. Read More

  • Preservation Projects

    Drones and Historic Preservation

    Drones have developed into an important tool for historic preservation projects. Read More

  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    80th Anniversary of the Rhythm Night Club Fire

    One of the most deadly fires in American history occurred in Natchez. Read More

  • Historic Figures

    Zina B. Chatfield - 4th Minnesota

    This image is in the collection of the Tennessee State Library. Read More

  • Updates

    How did Natchez deal with the 1918 Flu Pandemic?

    Hint: It's similar to COVID-19 Read More

  • Preservation Projects

    Natchez Outbuilding Survey: Texada

    Three antebellum dependency buildings associated with Texada survive today. Read More

  • Natchez Trails Panels

    Downtown Trails Panels

    Take a virtual tour of historic downtown Natchez. Read More

  • Natchez Trails Panels

    Nature Trails Panels

    Take a virtual tour of the nature trails panels located on the Natchez Bluffs. Read More

  • Natchez Trails Panels

    St. Catherine Street Trails Panels

    Take a virtual visit to St. Catherine Street in Natchez. Read More

  • Preservation Projects

    Natchez Outbuilding Survey: Auburn

    The grounds of Auburn, an early suburban villa constructed in 1812, include four remaining outbuildings. Read More

  • Historic Figures

    History of Natchez craftsman Robert Stewart

    Produced by the President James K. Polk Home and Museum in Columbia, Tennessee. Read More

  • Historic Images

    View of Holy Family Catholic Church from Jefferson Street

    c.1930 historic image of Natchez Read More

  • Historic Images

    Natchez Athletic Association (N.A.A.)

    Members of the Natchez Athletic Association (N.A.A.) in 1902. Read More

  • Historic Images

    Bicycle on Main Street c. 1900

    Looking east on Main Street, two boys posing with a bicycle c. 1900. St. Mary Basilica (right) and Natchez Drug Company (left) are visible in the background. Read More

  • Buildings

    The Natchez Baking Company

    The Natchez Baking Company operated during the second half of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. Read More

  • Historic Images

    Late 1860s View of 400 Block of Main Street

    Henry Gurney's view of Main Street from a second-story balcony. Read More

  • Historic Figures

    Roane Fleming Byrnes: Natchez Trace Parkway

    Mrs. Byrnes’s involvement with the Natchez Trace Parkway began in 1934... Read More

  • Updates

    MSU Libraries to digitize records of enslaved Mississippians for the first time

    Mississippi State University Libraries is helping create the state’s first institutionally supported digital database intended to give greater access to legal records identifying victims of slavery. Read More

  • Historic Images

    Howe's Circus in Natchez in 1865

    Henry Gurney photographed much more than Natchez's buildings and houses. Read More

  • Buildings

    The Dumas-West House

    Dr. Dumas was the second African American doctor to practice in Natchez. He was recruited by Dr. John Banks, the city's first African American doctor. Read More

  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    The Birthplace of Jackson State University

    The United States Marine Hospital (c. 1852) is well known for its historic association with the Civil War-era Fort McPherson... Read More

  • Historic Images

    Civil War in Natchez: Fort McPherson

    On March 18, 1865, Henry Gurney ventured out to the northernmost point of Union battlements at Fort McPherson, just north of downtown Natchez. Read More

  • Historic Images

    Captain Samuel Glyde Swain at The Burn

    Located at 712 North Union Street, The Burn was constructed in 1836 for Aurora, New York, native John P. Walworth. Read More

  • Historic Images

    Henry Gurney Historic Photograph Album

    Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing historic images of Natchez from the Henry Gurney photograph album. Read More

  • Updates

    HNF 2019 Annual Meeting

    The Historic Natchez Foundation will host its annual meeting on Friday, January 17, 2020, 5:30-7:30 at the Natchez Insititute building. Read More

  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    The Natchez Hotel

    A building unlike any other in the history of Natchez. Read More

  • Historic Images

    Architect's Rendering of Margaret Martin School

    Check out the original architectural rendering of Margaret Martin completed by P.J. Krouse. The school was completed in the Gothic Revival style in 1927. Read More

  • Buildings

    Temple B'nai Israel

    At first glance, one might mistake the first photograph for Jefferson Street Methodist Church. Read More

  • Historic Images

    Veterans Day 2019: Mississippi's Camp Van Dorn

    Rumors of an army camp began circulating as early as December of 1940. The headline story "Centreville Rumored Site For Army Camp" appeared in the December 13th issue of the Centreville Jeffersonian. Read More

  • Historic Images

    Historic view of Natchez Sanitary Department truck in front of City Hall

    Natchez Sanitary Department truck in front of the newly completed City Hall c.1925. Read More

  • Preservation Projects

    Historic Mirror Returns to William Johnson House

    A spectacular carved and gilded mirror that once hung in the Main Street barbershop of William Johnson has been installed at the museum. Read More

  • Updates

    Natchez Balloon Festival Almost Here!

    Purchase your 2019 Natchez Balloon Festival tickets today. Read More

  • Preservation Projects

    Raphael Building: Before and After

    The balcony is down! Read More

  • Saving History

    A Look Back: Mississippi Heritage Trust 10 Most Endangered Places 2017/2015

    October 24, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi Program. Take a look at the lists from 2017 and 2018. Read More

  • Historic Figures

    Turn-of-the-century Architect Robert Edgar Bost

    R.E. Bost apparently came to Natchez as supervisor of construction for the M.T. LEWMAN CONSTRUCTION CO. when they were building the Natchez Hotel in 1891. Read More

  • Preservation Projects

    The Lengthy Rehabilitation of Memorial Hall

    Natchez's United States Courthouse has a history you might not know... Read More

  • Saving History

    Prentiss Club Restoration Through Photographs

    A year after the fire. Read More

  • Buildings

    Mississippi's Finest Second Empire Residence

    Glen Auburn, built as the residence of Christian Schwartz in 1875... Read More

  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    Dr. Beekman Residence: A Lost Treasure

    One of Natchez's beautiful non-extant homes. Read More

  • Preservation Projects

    The Kyle House Restoration Project: Before and After

    The nineteenth-century history connected to this house highlights the life of a free African American family in antebellum Natchez. Read More

  • Historic Images

    Natchez Had Trolleys?

    Animal-drawn trolleys arrived in Natchez in 1886. Read More

  • Historic Figures

    WWI "Buffalo Solider" 1st LT M.D. Jonathan N. Rucker

    Dr. Jonathan Nathaniel Rucker, September 3, 1892 - February 8, 1970, is remembered for much more than his service in World War I. Read More

  • Historic Figures

    John R. Lynch: Natchez's Reconstruction Era Icon

    Born into enslavement in 1847, Lynch was sold and eventually relocated to Dunleith in 1859. Read More

  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    Natchez Drug Company Explosion

    The narrative of this architecturally significant structure took a decidedly dark turn on Saturday morning March 14, 1908. Read More

  • Historic Images

    R.E. Bost, pictured in his Hupmobile outside his 709 N. Rankin Street residence.

    Robert Edgar Bost came to Natchez in 1890 as supervisor of construction for M.T. Lewman Construction Company Read More

  • Saving History

    Prentiss Club donated to Historic Natchez Foundation

    The future of the Prentiss Club is now in the hands of the Historic Natchez Foundation. Read More

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