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Natchez Pilgrimage Tours Day Tours
Ranked #3 of 7 Tours in Natchez
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Fairview, Texas
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60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Beautiful City!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013 via mobile

The first stop in Natchez needs to be the Visitor Center. They have a great map and all the information you'll need to plan you tour of homes.

Visited June 2013
9 Thank dstadigh
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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24 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Homes, Great History Lesson”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2013

When you enter Natchez during the Pilgrimage Festival, go to the visitors center, grab a cup of coffee all the way in the back and decide which tour you want to take. There will be several different choices of homes to tour. You can tour 3 homes in the am and 3 homes in the pm and for $12 more , you can tour the really big homes such as Longwood (A MUST SEE) , Rosalie or Stanton Hall. I thought all of the people giving the tour were very nice except for the lady at Stanton Hall. She like like a mean ol school teacher. She knew the history of the home but her attitude was nasty. I do not wish to run into her again when I go back!

Visited April 2013
3 Thank Crandall12
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
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“Visiting historic Natchez's Antibellum Homes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

Even though it is the 21st century, by visiting Natchez Pilgrimage homes during the Spring or Fall, you will be thrown back to a time when life was most different. Natchez is a smaill town of about 25,000 residents, but don't be fooled into thinking this is just another small town in the South. This town has everything you need. A first class hotel near the Mississippi, restaurants with some amazing food. Wondefrul stores for shopping. But what will draw you to this town is the most amazing mansions. As you tour these homes, you will be greated by residents who have a long family history of their residence. The residents are dressed in clothing typical of the era and will take you through a verbal and visual tour of their home. They will go into detail room by room of what the family did and ate. They will also discuss the difficulties during the Civil war and slavery, such as dying from yellow fever or how the owner of the house loved those that worked for them. If you do not live close to the South as I do, you will really get to understand how life was during this time and how joyful and also difficult it was for everyone. The weather during the Spring was amazing and if you have time to eat locally, you have got to try the allegator appetizer. Yummy!

Visited March 2013
7 Thank Anniversarytrip10
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Franklin, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

If you like architecture and/or southern U.S. history Natchez is a must see. I was there for the Spring Pilgrimage 2013. My companion and I mixed six of the Pilgrimage home tours (private homes open only during Pilgrimage) with visits to three of several plantation homes that are open all year round. (We saw Longwood, Melrose and Stanton Hall.)

The people giving tours of the private homes seemed delighted to spend time with visitors and to answer our questions. The current owners of The Burn gave a stand-out tour on a miserable, rainy afternoon to a large group of people.

My least favorite experience was seeing Stanton Hall. The house is fabulous but our guides were bored and curt-- one was a total smart aleck. We were there in early afternoon and there were only four people in our group. What should have been a fun, personalized tour was rude and rushed. I wish I had asked for a refund. By contrast at Melrose and Longwood we had wonderful tours. Melrose is run by the National Park Service. Longwood and Stanton Hall are both run by The Pilgrimage Garden Club so I don't understand the disparity in the quality of those two tours.

Another fun outing was Frogmore Plantation across the MS River in Vidialla LA. The farm is a group of old plantation outbuildings (slave quarters, cotton gin, kitchen, etc) lovingly collected by the owners of Frogmore. Their tour gives information about the hard lives of the slaves and the growing/harvesting of cotton in the 1800's. It was interesting to contrast the stark homes of the slaves with the opulent plantation homes. Overall, I highly recommend a visit to Natchez!

Visited March 2013
11 Thank Kim H
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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Antibellum Esquisite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

Adorned in Antibellum fashion, leading ladies and gents from the era, what an outstanding production by this community! The selection of 19th century homes is outstanding and the history and culture is rich. This March event is unprecedented to anything I have ever experienced before, even the Galveston tours of Bishop's Palace and others.

Natchez is a beautiful community on the Mississippi river, filled with blooming azalea's, vibrant atmosphere, and plenty of Civil War era history. Many of the homes are opened twice a year, once in spring and fall, to give the world a view of authentic decor, and first person renditions of true historical stories of their lives growing up in Plantation homes.

We spent four days in Natchez and enjoyed every minute of it. The price is a little on the rich side but is spent for a good cause as much is put back into the historical societies budget for refurbishing and maintaining the homes. Most are lived in by the original owners or builders familes or relatives, and offer a most enjoyable experience.

Along with the tours are many historical markers and opprtunities for eating good southern style cooking. This is a must for any that are history buffs or even those that are interested in the time period of the 19th century. Each home on the tour is generally about 30 minutes long with some being longer depending on the tour guide or questions being asked.

Be sure to also check out some of the excellent cuisine of restraunts that are also located in historical buildings. For sure, get reservations at The Castle Restraunt at Dunleith Plantation which is now a bed and breakfast as well. The food, atmosphere and wait staff is fantastic and is well worth the money spent.

Mark it on your calendar to visit Natchez, MS in the fall or the spring of 2014 for the Pilgrimage of homes, you will be glad you did!

Visited March 2013
5 Thank sierratango60
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