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Adams County, Mississippi
Timeless Beauty...Ageless Fun
Natchez is the oldest civilized settlement on the Mississippi River beating out New Orleans by just two years. The first inhabitants were prehistoric Indians and then the Natchez Indians. The French came in 1716, the British in 1763, the Spanish in 1779 and the Americans in 1798. This same year it became the first capital of the Mississippi Territory. In 1817, it became the first capital of Mississippi State. Natchez grew early on with the help of "King Cotton." The steamboats moved tons of cotton grown in Mississippi and Louisiana and many settlers grew very rich. Many of the large mansions in Natchez were built during the boom years of the early 19th century.
Natchez once had 500 millionaires, more than any other city except New York City. Natchez now has more than 500 buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Natchez abounds in beautiful antebellum homes. Many are available to tour everyday. More open during special events. Many others are private homes and not open for tours, but are simply beautiful to look at. Along with the wonderful architecture, the downtown area is also the setting for antique shops, stores, hotels, churches, restaurants and bed and breakfasts. There are over 40 B&B's in Natchez.
The outdoors here offer many ways to enjoy your leisure time. All sports are year-round, including hunting and fishing.
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Natchez is the county seat of Adams County.
Natchez Community Events March-April each year
Annual Spring Pilgrimage