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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.

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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

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/

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?





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 & Antique Mall

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 Photography

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

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

Crafted Gallery and Art Supply

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.



June 24, 2019

King's Tavern

King’s Tavern is one of the oldest standing buildings in the Natchez territory, dating back to 1789. They specialize in the art of hand crafted food and drink. They have a full restaurant, rum distillery, gift shop, and ghosts! Located on the corner of Jefferson and North Rankin in downtown Natchez. Hours of operation are Thursday & Friday 5- 10 pm and Saturday & Sunday noon – 10 pm.

Ricky’s favorite thing to make is your favorite thing to drink! Stop in this weekend to have Ricky craft you something special. Let them know you saw their feature on visitnatchez.org!

More information on their website here.

Hear from Ricky at King's Tavern

What makes Natchez such a special place?


Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


What is your favorite annual event in Natchez?


Natchez Balloon Fest weekend - I live on Franklin Street and I love to see the Balloons from my balcony.



July 1, 2019

The Carriage House Restaurant

The Carriage House Restaurant is on the grounds of historic Stanton Hall and specializes in delicious southern food, which is prepared with care by the hands of Chef Beth Blackmon. Chef Blackmon has taken great care to preserve the long-standing favorite dishes of locals and brought a few new succulent entrees to the table. On Sundays, enjoy a buffet style southern lunch with Fried Chicken, Greens, and more. You can tour Stanton Hall before or after lunch and admire the house through the bay window that centers the restaurants façade.

Plan to join Chef Blackmon and the staff this weekend at the Carriage House and let them know you saw their feature on the Learn from Our Locals Page! Chef Blackmon recommends the Blue Plate special, which changes each day, and a Crème Brulee for dessert!

Summer Hours: Thurs-Sun 11-2; Regular Hours: Wed-Sun 11-2

During pilgrimage open every day

Hear from Beth Blackmon, Chef, and Ginnie Scarborough, Manager, at the Carriage House Restaurant

Are you a Natchezian or Natchoosian?


Beth, what inspired you to become a chef?


What is your favorite Event in Natchez?



July 8, 2019

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast

Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast, circa 1831, is a charming bed and breakfast located within walking distance to shops, museums, historic landmarks, and local restaurants in downtown Natchez. Your stay includes a southern breakfast delivered to your room by the hostess or served in the formal dining room. Guests enjoy a large romantic cottage with private entrance, an intimate sitting area in front of the house, and a cozy three sided enclosed porch perfect for an afternoon tea and a nap after a long day of exploring Natchez.

Save the date for the Summer Wine and Dine Tour Fest, August 9-11, 2019. On Saturday, August 10 there will be a progressive dinner with appetizers at The Natchez Guest House, dinner with music at Sunnyside B&B, and dessert & coffee with music at Magnolia Cottage B&B. Purchase tickets for the Progressive Dinner here. For a list of all events throughout the weekend click here.


Share your stay with Magnolia Cottage B&B with #learnfromourlocals and #magnoliacottagebnb

Hear from Jakie Wild at Magnolia Cottage B&B

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


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


What makes Natchez such a special place?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez?



July 15, 2019

Silver Street Gallery and Gifts

Located in the Historic Natchez Under the Hill District, Silver Street Gifts offers a unique selection of Ladies Clothing and Accessories, Southern jewelry from Mignon Faget, handmade items and more. Home accessories, local art, and a large selection of gifts for everyone await you inside. Come shop with us while enjoying a beautiful view of the river!

Receive 20% off your purchase when you show that you shared Gail’s Learn from Our Local Facebook Post on your timeline! Offer valid through August 31st, 2019.

Hear from Gail Guido

What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


What is your favorite Natchez annual event?


What inspired you to open a business here Under the Hill in Natchez?


Describe your perfect Natchez day.



July 22, 2019

Museum of African American History and Culture

The Museum is open Monday – Friday 10-4:30, Saturday 10-3, and Sunday by appointment only. Stop in today to dive into the deep history of Natchez. Donations support this museum.

The Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture in Historic Downtown Natchez is the best place to spend a hot afternoon. The museum chronicles the history and culture of African Americans in the southern United States and specifically Natchez. The museum was first opened in 1991 by the Natchez Association for the Preservation of African American Culture, also known as NAPAC, an organization dedicated to exploring the societal contributions made by people of African origin and descent. The Museum has found a permanent home on Main Street in a former United States Post Office built around 1904.

The museum showcases events starting with the incorporation of the City of Natchez in 1716 to the present, using art, photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and rare books. Exhibits cover the era of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, 20th Century wars, and the Civil rights era. They include Forks of the Road, which was the second-largest slave market in the southern United States; The Rhythm Nightclub fire, where over 200 African American Natchez citizens died; and an exhibit dedicated to the literary works of critically acclaimed author Richard Wright, a Natchez native. The museum also hosts educational events and presentations.

Hear from Bobby Dennis Director of the African American History Museum

Tell us a little more about you and the Museum.


What is your favorite part about being the Director for the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture?


What is your favorite annual event?


What is your favorite exhibit in the Museum?




July 29, 2019

Consign and Design Natchez

Consign and Design is located in the heart of Downtown Natchez at 120 North Commerce Street. You can find antique furniture, paintings, prints, gently used furniture and accessories for the home, vintage jewelry, glassware, and so much more! Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.

Receive 20% OFF when you mention Learn from Our Locals!

Hear from Sissy at Consign and Design

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


What is your favorite annual event in Natchez?


What inspired you to open a business in Natchez?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.



August 5, 2019

Biscuits and Blues

Biscuits & Blues is dedicated to the preservation of Hot Biscuits & Cool Blues! They serve up your favorite Southern dishes, including gumbo, fully dressed po’boys, grits and grillades, BBQ, fried oysters, and more! Some of their popular dishes include ribs that are served every day, all day; the choice filet, and the Eggplant Orleans. They are open Tuesday - Thursday 11-2 & 5-10, Friday and Saturday 11 am – 11 pm and Sunday 11 am -9 pm, they are closed on Monday.

They serve up a little something extra by bringing fresh handmade biscuits with a delicious apricot butter straight to your table! They have live music every Friday and Saturday night from 7-10pm.

Let Peter, Lisa, and the staff at Biscuits & Blues know you saw their feature when you visit! Use #learnfromourlocals and tag Biscuits & Blues

Hear from Peter and Lisa Trosclair:

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?


What inspired you to open Biscuits and Blues?


What is your favorite annual event in Natchez?


Definitely the Natchez Balloon Fest! Our favorite part is the Friday night Balloon glow.


What is your favorite part about living in Natchez?



August 12, 2019

Southern Carriage Tours

Southern Carriage Tours is a favorite among locals and tourists! This horse-drawn tour takes you through historic downtown Natchez and lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. The tours depart daily from the corner of Canal and State Street, from usually 9:00 am until 9:00 pm, weather permitting. Night tours are available by appointment. This tour is a must-do while you are in Natchez. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center or directly from the carriage drivers.

Guy Tuccio works as a Natchez firefighter when he is not giving tours and Gianna spends her free time at the Natchez Little Theatre. Her favorite part about the Natchez Little Theater is the connections she gets to make with other people both in the show and in the audience.

Tickets: Adults - $20, Children - $10

Hear from Guy Tuccio

What is your favorite annual Natchez event?


What is your perfect day in Natchez?


What is your favorite thing about guiding the Southern Carriage Tours?


Tell us a little more about Smiling Hal.



August 19, 2019

Historic Natchez Foundation

The Historic Natchez Foundation, established in 1974, is located in downtown Natchez. The Foundation holds and manages the historic Adams County Courthouse records, the 20th-century collection of Natchez photographer Mabel Lane, research files on Natchez history, site files of buildings, and a small research library. The mission of the Historic Natchez Foundation is to preserve and interpret the rich history, culture, and architecture of Natchez. The HNF has listed over 1000 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including seven historic districts. There is also a museum and photo Gallery. The Historic Natchez Foundation is open HOURS

Be sure to visit Carter Burns and the rest of the Historic Natchez Foundation staff and let them know you saw their feature! #Learnfromourlocals

Hear from Carter Burns

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchosian?


What makes Natchez such a special place?


Tell us a little more about the Historic Natchez Foundation.


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.



August 26, 2019

Katelee Laird Art

Katelee Laird is a local artist in Natchez who loves to capture her surroundings and her beautiful city. Her art is described as colorful and happy. She specializes in custom commission pieces including live event painting but you can also find her artwork at Fat Mama’s Tamale’s and Natchez Architectural and Art Discoveries. You can check out some of her artwork on her Facebook page here.

Follow @kateleelairdart on her social media sites and let her know you saw her feature by using #learnfromourlocals!

Hear from local artist Katelee Laird

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


I’m a Natcheezian; I grew up here in Natchez.


What is your medium?


Where can people go to find your art?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?



September 2, 2019

MDP Fitness

MDP Fitness is located at 204 D’Evereux Drive and offers Strength Programming, TRS sepension and Ko8 equipment, Boxing, Core Strengthening, Nutritional Guidance, and more. Opened in October 2017 by Fred Marsalis Jr., MDP Fitness provides quality training for everyone in a family atmosphere regardless of ability. They opened with 5 people and now have about 43 members. They provide enthusiasm for working out a smart training program that fits body type and what their clients want to achieve; all you need is the mindset and the passion to go out and get it. It’s the best 52 minutes you will get in your day. Ages 8 years old to 74.

Mention “Learn from Our Locals” to reduce your drop-in fee to any session to only $5.00

“The focus is not about reaching your goal but rather directing all of the attention to the process of reaching that goal…”

MDP Fitness Run Club meets every Tuesday and Friday behind the Grand Hotel on the beautiful Natchez Bluff at 5:30 AM. This Run Club is free and open to the public. You can check out their website or Facebook for more information about programming, class schedules, and memberships.

Hear from Fred Marsalis

Are you a Natchezian Natchoosian?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


What inspired you to open a business in Natchez?



September 9, 2019

Planet Thailand

Planet Thailand is a family owned restaurant in the heart of Downtown Natchez. They serve both authentic & fusion Thai food and they have almost one-hundred different sushi rolls. They grow their own herbs, chilies and their own organic vegetables.They offer vegan and vegetarian menu options. They have a fabulous lunch special Monday - Friday and a full service bar. Open Monday – Saturday 11:00-2:00 and 5:00-9:00. They serve only the freshest and finest ingredients which will leave your taste buds wanting more! Locals can always be found indulging in the succulent spicy dishes the family creates at Planet Thailand.

Located at 116 N. Commerce Street let the staff know you saw their feature on Visit Natchez and use the hashtag #learnfromourlocals when you visit!

Hear from Ann at Planet Thailand

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


I am a Natchoosian, I was born and Thailand and moved here with my parents.


What makes Natchez such a special place?


What is your favorite annual event?



September 16, 2019

Natchez Little Theatre

Natchez Little Theatre is a non-profit organization that offers numerous productions throughout the year. This year is the 71st season, and for Fall Pilgrimage they are presenting “Night of the Living Dead” which is a fun and hilarious re-imaging of George A. Romero’s legendary classic. You can find more details about the play here.

Dates: September 20 – October 6, 2019

Fridays and Saturdays, at 7:30 p.m.

Once Sunday Matinee, October 6, at 2:00 p.m.

Admission: $15.00

The box office and auditorium open one hour before each performance. The Natchez Little Theatre is located at 319 Linton Avenue, for more information or details, call 601.445.2233 or click over to their website.

Hear from Devin Arnold, Director of "Night of the Living Dead"

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


What inspired you to direct a show at the Natchez Little Theatre?


What is your perfect day in Natchez?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


The history and the people really make Natchez special.



September 23, 2019

Soiree' Boutique

Soriee’ Boutique is located in the heart of downtown Natchez on Main Street. Started by two best-friends, Gwen Massey and Lisa Falkenheiner, Soiree' specializes in women's clothing, shoes and accessories. Offering the trendiest brands, Soiree’ can meet all of your fashion needs and keep you looking fabulous year-round. Stop by to see them today! Hours are Monday – Friday 10 – 5:30 and Saturday 10 – 4.

10% OFF your purchase when you mention Learn from Our Locals!

Hear from Gwen Massey and Lisa Falkenheiner

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


What do you love about Natchez?


Natchez such a special place?


Describe your perfect Natchez day.



September 30, 2019

Andrew's Tavern

Andrew’s Tavern is located on Main Street and is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Andrew’s opens around 2:00 pm most days unless there is Football on, then they open with plenty of time for pregame before kickoff. They serve food on Wednesdays and are open later than any other bar downtown. It is the best place to watch the New Orleans Saints, with fun games and free beer with Saints touchdowns it is where you will find many Natchezians on game day. Andrew’s is open 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Join Andrews at Happy Hour Monday – Friday 1:30 -4:30 pm and mention “Learn from Our Locals” when you visit!

Sammy Atkins

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


How long have you owned Andrew’s Tavern?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.



October 7, 2019

Rolling 'N' the Dough

Rolling 'N' The Dough serves up gourmet edible cookie dough handmade by Hannah Grace, a young entrepreneur with big dreams and a love for the culinary world. They now have close to 30 different flavors and keep 10 different flavors on the bar. Unique and classic flavors with fresh ingredients is exactly what your sweet tooth is craving. They also do specialty cookies sandwiches, which is two homemade cookies with the cookie dough in the middle and rolled in sprinkles or chocolate chips. YUM! They even have Blue Bell ice cream to pair with the cookie dough. Stop in today and treat yourself!

1-7 pm Wednesday – Saturday *There will be the occasional pop-up shop, so be sure to follow their Facebook Page.*

They are offering a 15% discount when you mention “Learn From Our Locals”

Be sure to share your favorite flavor combination on Facebook or Instagram and hashtag #learnfromourlocals #visitnatchez

Hear from Hannah Hinkle

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


What inspired you to open Rolling “N” The Dough?


What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.



October 14, 2019

100 Main

Located on the corner of Main and Broadway, 100 Main is one of Natchez' newest restaurants. With comfort food, outdoor dining, and classic cocktails you can fill up with great views and tasty food! They have live music on the weekends and have a weekly steak night on Thursday!

Let them know you saw their feature by mentioning "Learn from Our Locals"
Join them for Steak Night every Thursday 6 - 10PM

Hear From Ryan Richardson at 100 Main

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


What is your favorite part about living in Natchez?


What is your favorite thing about working at 100 Main?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.



October 21, 2019

Brodeur Gallery

Kevin Brodeur has been painting since he was a child in Massachusetts. After living in Santa Fe, San Francisco, and Prague, Kevin moved to Natchez in 2001. His talents as a designer were exposed, and he soon began his interiors business. Kevin's paintings were also discovered by his clients and have gained in popularity since. Kevin paints southern landscapes and still life in acrylic and oil, as well as, commissioned portraits. His Mississippi River and Louisiana Cotton series have become favorites of locals and tourists. In addition to art, Brodeur gallery also offers design, upholstery, drapery, and refinishing services.

Hear from Kevin and Kevin

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


What made you stay in Natchez?


Tell us more about the Commerce Street Project.



October 28, 2019

The Guest House Inn and Restaurant

Located in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, The Guest House (circa 1840) is owned and operated by Rachel and Sean Casey. There are 16 unique guest suits all furnished with period antiques and a beautiful French Quarter-style courtyard. Be sure to check out The Guest House Restaurant, Farrah’s, that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. The menu features authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine as well as classic Southern and Cajun recipes from the Casey Family! You are invited to make The Guest House your home away from home!

Let The Guest House know you saw their feature on VisitNatchez.org. They are featuring Lamb Lollipops and Chicken Shawarma so stop in today!

The Restaurant is open for breakfast 8-10am, Lunch 11-2pm, and dinner 5 – 8:30pm(last seating).

Hear from Rachel and Sean Casey

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


What inspired you to take over The Guest House?


What do you love about living in Natchez?



November 4, 2019

The Painted Petal

The Painted Petal is the newest edition to local shopping in Natchez, located at 410 Main Street, and described as “carefree, with a twist of modern and traditional flair.” The Painted Petal has everything you need for any occasion. Most of the items in the store are hand-painted or handcrafted, so you can find a unique gift for anyone! Holiday Hours are Monday–Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 -5 pm. Remember to #shoplocal this holiday season!

Join The Painted Petal on Sunday, November 10th for an Open House from 1 pm – 5 pm. There will be treats, goodies, and door prizes! Let them know you saw their feature on VisitNatchez.org!

#shoplocal #learnfromourlocals

Hear from Catherine Oswalt

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.


What is your favorite thing about being a business owner in Natchez?



November 11, 2019
The Camp Restaurant is located Under the Hill on Silver Street with awesome views of the Mississippi River. The Camp is the place to be for cold beer and good food. There are 18 beers on tap and they serve specialty drinks like the crowd favorite Porch Punch and The River Rocker. The Camp is a family-friendly environment where you can fill up and watch the river roll on by.

As November's burger of the month, they are featuring the Fleur de Brie in celebration of the holidays. It’s a hot sliced smoked turkey sandwich with Brie cheese and cranberry chutney! YUM! Let your server know you saw their feature on VisitNatchez.org! #learnfromourlocals #shoplocal

Hear from Manager Thomas Williams

Are you a Natchezian or a Natchoosian and what is your favorite part about managing The Camp?


What do you like most about living in Natchez?


Describe your perfect day in Natchez.


What is your favorite burger at The Camp?


November 18, 2019