In the era before the American Civil War,
Natchez was the residential capital for the richest planters of the Cotton
Kingdom, a vast area that stretched across the American South but centered
its production on the rich flatlands of the lower Mississippi River.
There on the high bluffs at Natchez, overlooking
plantations on the alluvial plain and steamboat traffic on the great river,
planters built palatial columned mansions in both town and suburb. They
furnished them with the finest decorative arts offered by America and
After the economic upheaval of the Civil War,
Natchez citizens maintained a great reverence for the grand reminders of a
glorious past. Accordingly, they carefully preserved their heritage of
outstanding architecture and decorative arts.
Today, Natchez is a historic town that has
carefully managed its evolution. While meticulously preserving the best of
its heritage, it remains a lively and gracious place to live.
Natchez is still the best place in the world
to view the historic domain of the cotton planter in all its sumptuous