A taste of true Southern hospitality
Natchez was established as a French fort site overlooking the Mississippi River on August 3, 1716. Shortly after French settlers joined the Natchez Indians on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, they brought people from western Africa as slaves to provide labor for development. These members of the Bambara tribe — whose name means “those who accept no master” — were the first Africans in what would become the State of Mississippi. Known for their abilities to cultivate the earth, the Bambarans contributed greatly to the economic growth of the region and the nation.
As the settlement grew, French, English and Spanish residents began constructing homes and buildings in the styles with which they were familiar, leaving several architectural influences and creating the unique backdrop to the city with which our residents and visitors enjoy today.
Natchez became part of the United States with the establishment of the Mississippi Territory in 1798 and served as the first capital for the new State of Mississippi in 1817.
The museum showcases events starting with the incorporation of the City of Natchez in 1716 to the present with exhibits from numberous Natchez related African American historic sites, important citizens and events.
A National Historic Landmark, was built in 1847-48 for Pennsylvania native John McMurran and wife Mary Louisa Turner, a Natchez native.
The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is a 128-acre site featuring three prehistoric Native American mounds, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, and museum.
Original slave quarters from the 1820s, Concord Quarters sits atop a knoll overlooking natural park-like landscaped acres.