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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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January 7, 2019
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Visitor Reception Center

Margaret, Sarah, Anna, Jan & Liz
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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!!!
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Hear from Anna at the Natchez Visitor Center!

What is your favorite part about living in Natchez?

The Southern hospitality and small town family.

What is your favorite annual Natchez event?

Angels on the Bluff because we at the Visitors Center work so closely with this event. Also, the Great Mississippi Balloon Races because the event is for the whole town and for all ages.

Describe your perfect Natchez day.

Exploring the town by walking (you can see more that way) and a picnic lunch. Just relaxing and not rushing - great food choices!




January 14, 2019
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Natchez Coffee Company

Ericca Strauder, Morgan Blanton, and Jasmine Fells.
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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.
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Natchez Coffee Company

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

The small town feeling and helping other small businesses succeed. My favorite part are the locals and the tourists that gather in Natchez Coffee Company and the “give and take” relationships of the downtown business owners. Natchez is a small town, but I love that when you are downtown you feel connected to something much bigger.

What do you think makes Natchez such a special place?

There are so many things that make Natchez special: the homes, the people, the Mississippi River, and the food! The diversity of the people and shops downtown truly makes Natchez unique and not to mention it is mighty “purtty” here.

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

I wanted a place where people would feel at home and could meet with friends and family for both work and pleasure. I love to talk to the locals and to the tourists to find out where they have been and where they are going! I wanted an extension of your living room where you could come and be comfortable for coffee and a cookie or a home cooked meal.
Need help finding your way around Natchez?
Click here for an interactive map!

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January 21, 2019
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Ben Hillyer

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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!
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Ben Hillyer with the Natchez Democrat

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?

I am a Natchoosian. I came here when I got married to my wife Amelia who is a Natchezian. I have lived here for 19 years and even though I am not from here my wife says I know more people than she does because I work for the newspaper.

What is your favorite part about living in Natchez?

Favorite part of living in Natchez is being able to walk from my house downtown. Downtown shops and restaurants, my church and my office are less than a five-minute walk away, not to mention the Mississippi River.

What do you think makes Natchez a special place?

Visitors to Natchez remark how beautiful the area is and how friendly the people are and they are right. Not only to I get to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, I get to do it with people who are quick to offer a helping hand and a friendly smile most days.

Describe your perfect Natchez day

Perfect day in Natchez includes packing up lunch and venturing out to explore with my camera some of the wonderful areas around Natchez. Visit areas like Church Hill, Rodney and Windsor Ruins. Venture up the Trace and stop at Emerald Mound for a picnic lunch and an afternoon of kite flying. Return home to watch the sunset over the Mississippi while having dinner at Magnolia Grill or enjoying the fireplace at King’s Tavern over drinks and flatbreads. Then ending the day with a walk along the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.




January 28, 2019
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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)
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Hear From John Grady Burns

Are you a Natcheezian or a Natchoosian?

I’m both a Natcheezian and a Natchoosian! I grew up in Natchez but have been away for 40 years and chose to move back in 2015. Nest will be open 3 years on February 5, 2019.

what do you think makes Natchez a special place?

First of all the people, second the history, third the charming location. It was such a pleasant thing moving back to Natchez after being in a big city. Living in a big city the good mornings and smiling faces aren’t heartfelt but here in Natchez when someone says good morning or have a good day you know they mean it!

What inspired you to open a business in Natchez?

I knew that I couldn’t retire when I moved back to Natchez and I knew that I didn’t want to do flowers on a daily basis. So, I found a niche with Nest. Nature and plants are where my heart is and nature is what Nest is all about!

Connect with Nest





February 4, 2019
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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.
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Hear from Barney Scoby Jr. at Melrose

Describe your perfect day in Natchez.

My perfect day in Natchez would be watching the sun come up on hole number 1 at the Dunkin Park Gold Course preparing to tee off.

What is your favorite part about living in Natchez?

The sense of family. Natchez has always had a sense of comradery that does not exist in a metropolitan area. You know your neighbors and the people you see around town. The small town charm is significant. We make it happen in Natchez.

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

Well, the job found me. After I received my bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University in 2010, my mentors Mimi Miller and Dr. Anderson suggested the Parks Service would be an excellent fit for me and that I should start by volunteering. I am a huge history buff, and it seemed like the perfect pathway for me to get in. So, I started volunteering my time one weekend out of the month; then it was two, then three. It became a part of me. I volunteered for one year, and in 2011 the superintendent offered me an internship. At the end of the internship, I was offered a full-time position with the National Parks Service.

What is your favorite annual Natchez event?

My favorite event is the MLK Day parade and the festivities after. The BBQ’s that the community has are phenomenal! The food, the comradery and linking up with old and new friends makes the MLK parade one of my favorite events of Natchez.
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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?

The best place to watch the sunset is here at Clermont Bluffs on our secluded private deck which is surrounded by forest and gardens and overlooks the Devils Punch Bowl and the Mississippi River.

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

We came to Natchez for a holiday weekend and ended up staying. It was Labor Day weekend and we put an offer on the B&B by the end of September. We needed a change and we fell in love with Natchez.

What is your favorite Natchez event?

Angels on the Bluff, It incorporates the story and history of the cemetery and shows parts of the cemetery that visitors don’t think to see.
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