Natchez National Historical Park

Explore the history of the Natchez, Mississippi, area from pre-Civil War until the modern era. This park is divided into four separate sections. The French built Fort Rosalie in 1716. The pre-Civil War Melrose Estate is one of the best-preserved homes in the South from before the Civil War. The William Johnson House was lived in by a free man of color before the Civil War. The final area is the Natchez Preservation Area, which preserves historical sites throughout Natchez. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Natchez National Historical Park

The best way to see this park is chronologically, so start at Fort Rosalie. Wayside exhibits showcase how this fort survived under French, British, and Spanish colonization before becoming part of the United States. Then, head to see the William Johnson home, which Johnson constructed out bricks that he collected in the aftermath of the 1840 Natchez tornado. The black barber and his family lived upstairs in this home, and the bottom floor was rented out to various merchants. During your visit to Natchez National Historical Park, you'll also want to take the Civil War driving tour, which includes 30 different sites.

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How To Get To Natchez National Historical Park

It is easy to get to Fort Rosalie to start your visit to Natchez National Historical Park from Jackson, Mississippi. Start by getting on Interstate 55 South. Take Exit 61 and merge onto Mississippi 28 West. Turn right on Mississippi 33 North and left again on US 61 South. Once you reach Natchez, turn a slight right on Devereux Drive and go straight onto St. Catherine Street and continue straight to get on Jefferson Street. Turn left on North Canal Street. Your destination will be on your right in 0.6 miles. 


Fort Rosalie, 528 South Canal Street, Natchez, Mississippi 39120

Fee: Entry fee

While entry to the park is free, entry fees may apply to individual sites along the Natchez Civil War Driving Tour.

Fee: Guided Tour Fee: Melrose Estate (adults) $10.0

Natchez is a great city to visit for those who are interested in learning about U.S. history. There are many historic homes to visit, including the Melrose Estate at Natchez Historical Park. During your visit to the city, you can take hiking and driving tours to see more history in the area. You will love shopping and dining in this historic community. Exploring this region in your RV allows you great flexibility to move at your own pace. If you do not have an RV, rent one on RVshare.com.