Roane Fleming Byrnes Featured by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

In January 2020, the National Trust for Historic Preservation embarked on its journey to discover 1000 places where women made history. This project celebrates this year as the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. HNF submitted a profile of Natchez's Roane Fleming Byrnes. The profile has been featured on the National Trust website. An excerpt has been included below.

Roane Fleming Byrnes remains one of the most influential figures in Natchez and Mississippi history. Mrs. Byrnes’s involvement with the Natchez Trace Parkway began in 1934, the same year she became president of the Natchez Trace Association, an office she held until her death in 1970. Prior to the Trace project, Mrs. Byrnes led efforts for the restoration of the House on Ellicott’s Hill, the first historic house restored by an organization in MS. By 1935, the Natchez Trace project developed into a major focus, one that would last for the rest of her life.


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