March 22 - 23rd
Historic Jefferson College.
Moss covered oak trees outside Jefferson College.
Genuine TeePee (sp) at the Indian Pow Wow.
Natchez Indian with his grandson - notice the feather which was covering the grandson's heart.
Dancing at the PowWow.
Saturday morning plans included trips to the Historic Jefferson College, the Natchez Indian Village, the Natchez Trace Parkway, several Antebellum homes, the Historic Cemetery and the Emerald Mound. It was a little chilly in the morning, so we took the truck until noon. After noon, we both wore our leathers and gloves, but we were on the bike again!
Historic Jefferson College (named after Jefferson Davis - President of the Confederacy) was first on the agenda. It was a short distance from the campground, and it was beautiful. We were the first to arrive at opening time (0900), and there was no entry fee (remember the Kennedy Space Center)? Upon entering the first building, we were greeted by a Mississippi State Park Ranger who provided a somewhat rehearsed narration of the college and its history. He gave us a map to the self-guided tour, and we were on our way taking pics and absorbing the exhibits.
Next it was to the Natchez Indian Village across town where the Park Ranger told us there would be a Powwow at 1000. We arrived just in time to pay our $1.00 each entry fee and determine the Powwow wasn't until 1300. Oh well! We took in the sites and vendors and headed out the gate to the Natchez Trace Parkway. The gate guards (VFW Volunteers) told us we could return anytime during the day because they had stamped our hands. One of the VFW guys even told John he would remember his ugly face, and the stamp could be washed off it he wanted it to.
The Natchez Trace Parkway was back toward the Jefferson College, but that didn't matter because everything in/around Natchez is beautiful. We took in the sites before the parkway, and once on it, enjoyed that much more. The first stop we made was to the Emerald Mound (an Indian mound used for ceremonies and the like), and we trekked to the top for some more pics.
We stopped off at several locations on the parkway for pics, and we even stopped at a little picnic area for lunch (we brought sandwiches and drink). The picnic area was adjacent to a small creek just off the roadway. We had it all to ourselves until two families (traveling together) stopped by and piled out of their vehicles. They brought everything with them: kids, wives, lunch, golf clubs and even the household cat. John made a comment they were probably from Louisiana, and he was right!
Next it was back to the trailer for the bike and a quick pit stop. We both wanted to catch the Indian Pow Wow before dusk (there was one at 1300 and another at 1900). Arriving at the VFW gate guards, we proudly displayed our stamped hands and were let into the village to park. There were vehicles everywhere along side of the street, but with the bike we got inside the village and found a nice parking spot close to the action.
We found out there were Indians from all over the country to attend this 14th annual Natchez Indian Powwow; it was a big deal to these folks. There was music, dancing, yelling/screaming, dressing up with Indian clothing and much, much fun. There were vendors for everything you could think of relating to the Indian culture. There were also food vendors selling what we wanted: something cold and wet.
After the Indian Village Powwow, we headed to downtown Natchez on the bike to visit the Historic Cemetery and several Antebellum homes. The camera was running low on battery and storage space, so we only got a few pics. The ones we did snap were great however.
Finally, after a full day of visiting the sites and riding the bike, it was time to head back to the campground. Once there, we met some very nice people from northern Mississippi (Walter and Jean). They gave us directions out of Natchez and provided us with the best route to take through Clinton country (Arkansas) towards Branson, Missouri. As you know, we planned to go to Branson next with a pit stop in Arkansas. Walt said a pit stop is all one wants to do in that state anyway.
As you know, we've decided to create 2 web pages for our time in Natchez to include more larger pics for you to view and to narrate both days of our sightseeing. Click here to visit page 1.
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