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LEARN FROM OUR LOCALS ARCHIVE

Welcome to our celebration of "Natchezians and Natchoozians"!

Here you will find all of our past locals and their interviews! Our Learn From Our Locals Campaign launched January 7th 2019 and each Monday we feature a new local and ask them some questions about their favorite parts of Natchez. Explore this page to see who our past locals were and what they have to say about Natchez!


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If you have any questions contact Stratton W. Hall at shall@visitnatchez.org or 601-446-6345




January 7, 2019

Visitor Reception Center

Margaret, Sarah, Anna, Jan & Liz
The team at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center can help you with all your travel needs!
Pictured here are just a few of the smiling faces that will greet you!

The Natchez Visitor Reception Center is located at the foot of The Mississippi River Bridge.
This building houses A Mississippi Welcome Center, Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, Visit Natchez, Eastern National Gift Shop & The Natchez National Park Service.
Staff can help you with tour tickets, accommodations, dining suggestions, City tours, city & state maps plus a warm smiling face. Come by for a visit to start your stay in Natchez off on the right foot!!!

Hear from Anna at the Natchez Visitor Center!

What is your favorite part about living in Natchez?


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?


Describe your perfect Natchez day.





January 14, 2019

Natchez Coffee Company

Ericca Strauder, Morgan Blanton, and Jasmine Fells.
Come see Sharon Brown and her whole crew at Natchez Coffee Company!

The Natchez Coffee Company is more than just a coffee shop. Sure they offer coffee, espresso, and flavored cappuccinos, but they also serve sandwiches, salads, daily lunch specials, and blue bell ice cream. Wireless Internet is available, so bring your laptop to check your e-mail while you treat yourself to a chai tea or cup of joe. Natchez Coffee Company is located within walking distance of downtown hotels and a number of Natchez area bed and breakfasts, and sits right in the midst of downtown shops. Locals gather there for morning coffee, so stop in early and perhaps they'll fill you in on some Natchez history while you're there.

Natchez Coffee Company

What is your favorite part of being a business owner in Natchez?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


What inspired you to open (or take over) a business here in Natchez?

Need help finding your way around Natchez?
Click here for an interactive map!





January 21, 2019

Ben Hillyer

Ben Hillyer - The Natchez Democrat
Mention "Learn From Our Locals"at the Natchez Democrat and get a Natchez Democrat 2019 Calendar at a discounted price normally $15 you can get it for $5!!
Valid while supplies last!

Ben Hillyer with the Natchez Democrat

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


What is your favorite part about living in Natchez?


What do you think makes Natchez a special place?


Describe your perfect Natchez day





January 28, 2019

Nest

Pictured is Pam Bouchillon, John Grady Burns, and Noah

Located in historic downtown Natchez, John Grady Burns offers seasonal blooming flowers,unique gifts, home decor, and event planning for your every need. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, summer hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday 1:00pm-5:00pm (Memorial Day - Labor Day)

Connect with Nest

Hear From John Grady Burns

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


what do you think makes Natchez a special place?


What inspired you to open a business in Natchez?





February 4, 2019

National Parks Service

Melrose Estate is an 1800s Greek revival-style mansion sitting on 80 lush acres maintained by the National Parks Service. It is a well-preserved piece of America's history. Click here for ticket information. Come explore what is in your back yard today!

Let us know you heard about Melrose by mentioning Learn from Our Locals and using the hashtag #learnfromourlocals when you visit!

For more information about Melrose click here.

Hear from Barney Scoby Jr. at Melrose

Describe your perfect day in Natchez.


What is your favorite part about living in Natchez?


What made you want to work for the Natchez National Historical Parks Service?


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?





February 11, 2019

Clermont Bluffs Bed and Breakfast

Clermont Bluffs Bed and Breakfast claims over an acre and a half in a lovely, natural setting with a bluff view of the Mississippi River. But beyond the quintessential southern greenery of sprawling live oaks, productive pecan trees, giant Azaleas, and perfect fruit trees, is the soil that hold rich history of Clermont Bluffs. History buffs have a variety of eras with which they may feed their imagination, all while relaxing on our oversized, wrap-around porch.

Mention Learn from Our Locals and receive 10% off a two night stay when you call and book your room.

Not valid online or with any other offer
offer valid until 3/15/2019

Hear from Troy Bickford at Clermont Bluffs B&B

Where is the best place to watch the sunset in Natchez, MS?


What inspired you to open a B&B in Natchez?


What is your favorite Natchez event?





February 18, 2019

Natchez Architectural and Art Discoveries

Natchez Architectural and Art Discoveries is located in the heart of historic downtown Natchez. Specializing in selling architectural salvage from across Mississippi and Louisiana and art pieces from local Natchez artists. You can even have a cold beer while you browse their gallery! Natchez Architectural and Art Discoveries also hosts "Fourth Friday at Five" which features music, drinks, and dancing. Its a favorite event for locals and visitors! check out their Facebook to discover more details!

Let us know when you visit Architectural and Art Discoveries by using the hashtag #learnfromourlocals

Hear from Jim Smith at Natchez Architectural and Art Discoveries

What inspired you to open a business in Natchez?


What is your favorite part of living in Natchez?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?





February 25, 2019

Downtown Karla Brown

Downtown Karla Brown offers over five different tours and shuttle service to the areas major airports. choose from a Natchez History tour where you'll visit antebellum homes, the local winery, a trading post, and one of the fabulous local eateries. You can do a Greg Iles book tour where you can visit over 40 stops that Greg Iles mentions in his books. There is also a 2-hour ghostly getaway that takes you on a drive around Natchez to learn about local haunts and legends and even a venture into the old jail house and much more. For a list of all Downtown Karla Brown's tours click here to view the website.

Karla Brown is offering a Good Mood Food Tour that covers 6 restaurants in Natchez! Click here for more information. Share your delicious tour with us by using the hashtag #learnfromourlocals

Visit Website here.

Hear from Downtown Karla Brown

What inspired you to open a business?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez?


What is your favorite part of living in Natchez?





March 4, 2019

Hear from Avis King and Janice Sago

Save the Date! The 31st Annual Natchez Powwow features traditional Native American dancing, foods, crafts, and more. Descendants of the Natchez Indians and others from around the country attend the weekend-long event each spring, this year the Natchez Powwow will be March 29-31st

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

The Grand Village is a 128-acre site featuring three prehistoric Native American mounds, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, and museum. Additional features of the site include a nature trail, a “Touch Table” for children, and a Visitor Center with gift shop featuring Native American crafts.Normal hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:30 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Mark your calendars for the 31st Annual Natchez Powwow March 30-31, 2019 10 AM - 5 PM.


Did You Know?
The month of March was traditionally known as the Deer Moon for the Natchez Indians and it signified the beginning of a new year complete with joy and renewal. Kick off the new year of the Natchez Indians by visiting the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians this spring. Discover even more interesting facts about the Natchez Indians when you visit the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians and share them with us by using #learnfromourlocals!

Avis King

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


What do you think makes Natchez a special place?


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?

Janice Sago

What is your favorite part of living in Natchez?


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?


Describe your perfect Natchez Day?





March 11, 2019

Debbie Cosey at Concord Quarters

Debbie Cosey

What inspired you to open a Bed and Breakfast here in Natchez?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.


What is your favorite part about having a Bed and Breakfast in Natchez?

Concord Quarters survives to tell the story of the lesser known story of African Americans who labored under enslavement to produce the cotton wealth of Natchez and to operate the mansion estates of wealthy planters.

Did You Know?Concord was the scene of the magnificent “Country Ball” given by the Duke and Duchess of Manchester, this ball was given just prior to the fire in 1901 that destroyed Concord. It was a reminder of the old time social festivals at “Concord”, and was largely attended. It was a brilliant affair and made suitable flues to the social chapter in the history of “Concord”.
Find out the full story of Concord Quarters by taking a tour throughout the year and let Debbie and Gregory Cosey know you heard about them on the Learn from Our Local feature! Use the hashtag #learnfromourlocals when you visit Concord Quarters.

Tours are Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 2:00. Concord Quarters has one tour on Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15.00. For more information visit http://www.concordquarters.com/




March 18, 2019

Bryan "Barkeep" Price at the One Eleven Lounge

Visit Bryan "Barkeep" Price at the One Eleven Lounge at The Natchez Grand Hotel. The One Eleven Lounge is a full bar with signature drinks, light appetizers and impeccable service and hospitality. Spring has sprung with their Spring cocktail menu. Stop in an enjoy a walk on the bluff and a refreshing beverage from Barkeep Bryan.

Share your beverage or appetizer choice with us by using the hashtag #learnfromourlocals and #visitnatchez

For more informaiton about the Grand Hotel and The One Eleven Lounge click here.

Hear from Barkeep Bryan

Are you a Natcheezian or Natchoosian?


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?


What do you love most about Natchez?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez?





March 25, 2019

Roy and Gay at Longwood

Longwood is the crown jewel of the historic properties in Natchez and is a "must see" for every visitor as it has a history unlike any other in the area. Tickets are available through Natchez Pilgrimage Tours located in the Natchez Visitor Center.

Did You Know?
Longwood is a six-story, 30,000 square foot mansion and was designed by Samuel Sloan for Haller Nutt and his wife Julia. Construction began in 1860 but stopped shortly after the civil war in 1861. If Longwood had been completed the home would have had 32 rooms, 26 fireplaces, 115 doors, and 96 columns. Today only 9 of those rooms are finished all of which are on the lower levels of the home. Visit Roy and Gay, and the rest of the guides of Longwood, to hear the complete history and story of Longwood. Use the hashtag
#learnfromourlocals and #visitnatchez when you take the tour!

Longwood can be toured seven days a week between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with the last tour available at 4:30. click here to purchase tickets.

Hear from Roy

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


What inspired you to become a guide at Longwood?


What is your favorite annual event?


What is your favorite part about Natchez?

Hear from Gay

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.


What inspired you to become a guide and Longwood?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?





April 1, 2019

Old South Trading Post

Southern hospitality is alive and well at The Old South Trading Post. They carry the largest selections of Mississippi and Louisiana items in the region. They carry homemade items, t-shirts, treats and much more! Whether you are selecting a gift for a special occasion, holiday, or a souvenir from Natchez, The Old South Trading Post will help you live the legend of the South.
Open seven days a week
9am - 5 pm

hear from Johnathan Wood at the Old South Trading Post

How long has the Old South Trading Post been open in Natchez?


What is your favorite part of being a business owner in Natchez?


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?





April 8, 2019

The Team at Go Mart

The Go Mart located at 4 Sgt. Prentiss Dr is the only locally owned and operated gas station and convenience store in Natchez. Stop in today to get a cool drink or snack and say hello to Carolyn, Sandra, Tabitha, Kimberly, and Barbara! Make Go Mart your one stop shop!

Let them know you saw their feature on VisitNatchez.org!

Hear from Tom Graning and his Team at Go Mart

What inspired you to own your own business in Natchez?


What is your favorite part about being a business owner?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


What is your favorite event in Natchez?





April 15, 2019

Linda Gardener at the Delta Music Museum

The Delta Music Museum is open Wednesday - Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The museum is available for group tours and with advance notice can accommodate tours on Monday and Tuesday. There is a fund raising gift shop full of music memorabilia and souvenirs. Tours are free but donations are appreciated. The Delta Music Museum offers exhibits on sixteen rock and roll and blues musicians from the Mississippi River delta country. It is the only museum to be included on the Mississippi Blues Trail not located in Mississippi because of the significance of the Arcade Theater and Haney’s Big House.

"Shake, Rattle, and Roll!" on in for a FREE tour!Let them know you heard about them by using #learnfromourlocals

Check out their website here for more information!

Hear from Linda at the Delta Music Museum

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


What is your favorite annual event?


Describe your perfect Natchez day.





April 22, 2019

Darby's



Darby’s Everything Under the Sun. Darby's is famous for its freshly made fudge and many unique gifts. Darby carries a few clothing lines, as well as jewelry, home decor, gourmet treats, furniture, and much, much more! Darby's is open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am - 5:30 pm


Mention the Learn from Our Locals feature and get a free sample of Darby's Famous Fudge!!

Hear from Darby Short

What is your favorite part of being a business owner?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez





April 30, 2019

My Shoe Kloset

My Shoe Kloset, located in the heart of downtown Natchez, provides quality and affordable shoes, jewelry and accessories. With one of the largest collections of accessories in town, this is a must stop for any fashionista! Open Wednesday-Saturday 11am - 6 pm, allow them to fulfill your accessory needs!

Mention Learn from Our Locals and receive 10% OFF your first purchase!

Hear from Ivory Campbell

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.


What inspired you to open a business in Natchez?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?




May 6, 2019

Chief of Police Walter Armstrong

From the Chief's Desk:

The purpose of the Natchez Police Department is to create and maintain public safety. Although many variables contribute to the definition of safety in a community, the Department is committed to the vision of being one of the safest communities in the state by improving the quality of life for members or our community through proactive crime-prevention tactics and aggressive response to criminal activity.

Natchez Police officers take pride in representing an inclusive department, which represents the community, with high professional standards of integrity guided by the letter and spirit of the law, and the law enforcement code of ethics. Officers are required to be compassionate and responsive to the needs, rights, and expectations of all citizens, employees, and visitors.

Crime prevention is accomplished through active participation between the community and the police department with programs such as Neighborhood Watch, the Citizens Police Academy, Public Housing Officers, the D.A.R.E. program, and School Resource Officers.

By working together we can make Natchez an even better place in which to live.

Hear from Chief Walter Armstrong

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.


What is your favorite annual event in Natchez?




May 13, 2019

Hotel Vue

Hotel VUE's history lends itself to a perfect dose of Southern hospitality while its modern vibe ushers guests into the “new” Natchez. At Hotel VUE, you can enjoy majestic river views, cocktails as strong as our accents, and a piping hot breakfast served with a side of Mississippi warmth. The Pilot House restaurant and bar is open Monday-Saturday: 4 PM - 9 PM. Check out their Facebook page here for specialty menus and live music.

Craft cocktails and sharable appetizers! Tag to share your great time at the Pilot House! #pilothousenatchez #learnfromourlocals

Hear from Sarah Lindsey Laukhuff at the Hotel Vue

Are you a Natcheezian or Natchoosian?


What is your favorite part of living in Natchez?


What makes Natchez such a special place?




May 20, 2019

The Natchez Heritage School of Cooking

The Natchez Heritage School of Cooking is three generations of Natchez women sharing African American recipes and lessons. Taste the traditions of the African heritage diet as you learn the stories of the African people. Contact owner Jarita Frazier-King for classes and special event information. On Friday evenings the Natchez Heritage School of Cooking hosts Karaoke.
Jarita offers Education and Demonstration Tours on Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturday/ $ 25 per person and includes the meal. Use the #learnfromourlocals when you visit Jarita at the Natchez Heritage School of Cooking!!

Hear from Jarita at The Natchez School of Cooking

What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


What is your favorite annual event?


What inspired you to open a business in Natchez?




May 27, 2019

Lower Lodge Antiques, 712 Franklin Street, has been in business since 1987, in beautiful Historic Downtown Natchez. They offer an antique mall, local and reginal art from artist across Mississippi and Louisiana, and a full furniture conservation, restoration and upholstery service. Lower Lodge Antique Furniture Conservation and Museum Services has worked with the National Historical Parks Service from North New Hampshire to the Chalmette Battlefield. They have an excellent team of craftsmen who can restore, replicate or reproduce any missing element from your antique! Richard Branyan the conservator and furniture restorer was elected a "Professional Associate" of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Visit Richard Branyan at Lower Lodge Antiques today!

Use the #learnfromourlocals when you visit Richard at Lower Lodge Antiques, Monday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and let them know you saw their feature on visitnatchez.org

Hear from Richard Branyan

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


Tell us a little more about your business.


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?


Describe your perfect Natchez Day.



June 3, 2019

J. Philip Larson has been a professional photographer for 50 years having done assignments for Louisiana Life Magazine, Southern Living, USA Today and others. He has recently moved to Natchez and is available for all your photographic needs. His work can be seen on his website or Facebook. He is a featured artist at Arts Natchez Gallery and the featured artist for June at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center.

Let John know you saw his feature on visitnatchez.org and use the hashtag #learnfromourlocals on social media and get a special price on John’s beautiful Natchez photo-cards! 3 for $25!!

Hear from John Larson

Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?



June 10, 2019
Cotton Alley Cafe is a quaint restaurant and bar located on Main Street in historic downtown Natchez. With knowledgeable, friendly staff Cotton Alley Cafe has an eccentric and exciting atmosphere that is sure to satisfy all your cravings. They have daily lunch and dinner chef specials Monday-Saturday but be sure to leave room for dessert! They are well known for their homemade triple layer cakes and Italian gelato. With something different every day you are sure to find a new favorite dish, or two.

Cotton Alley Cafe now bottles and sells their famous garlic sour cream house dressing in three new summer fresh flavors Orange, Strawberry, and Lemon. Get yours today and try all three before they are gone! Let them know you saw their Learn from Our Local Feature on visitnatchez.org!

Be sure to check out The Bird Cage lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 - until to dance the night away, play darts and foos ball, and more!

Hear from Guy Bass

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


What inspired you to open a business?


What do you thing makes Natchez such a special place.


What is your favorite Natchez annual event?



June 17, 2019

Now located at 209 Franklin Street, Crafted Gallery offers a variety of classes and workshops for youth and adults. They are hosting several youth summer art camps for a full list of classes and workshops visit the Crafted Gallery website.

When you visit ask about their unique postcard art project

Second Saturdays Art Market is held inside at 321 Franklin Street from 10-2 every second Saturday of the month.

Hear from Carolyn & Sarah

Are you a Natchezian or Natchoosian?


What makes Natchez such a special place?


What is your favorite annual Natchez event?


Describe your perfect Natchez day.

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