One of the most beautiful cemeteries in the South, Natchez City Cemetery, stretches across 100 acres on the bluffs high above the Mississippi River. Stunning monuments, aged by time, are etched with names, dates and memories of those who have passed from this life to what lies beyond.
The Natchez City Cemetery is consistently listed as one of the most popular places to see when you visit Natchez, Mississippi. Not everyone considers a cemetery to be a peaceful and calming place but once you drive up Cemetery Road and enter the main gate of the cemetery, you may find yourself overcome by the beauty of this place.
A mother will do anything to protect her child, even beyond this life. This is the grave of Florence Irene Ford in Natchez City Cemetery. Florence died when she was 10. Yellow fever took her from her family. During her life she was extremely frightened of storms. Whenever one occurred she would rush to her mother to find comfort. Upon her death her mother was so struck with grief that she had Florence’s casket constructed with a glass window at the child’s head.
St Mary’s Basilica in Natchez, Mississippi is the oldest Catholic building still in use in the state. The interior of the church is decorated with 23kt gold leaf, multi-color stencils, tromp l’oeil and free-hand artistry.
The church is open to the public and you’ll find a self guided tour guide as you walk inside so you can understand every detail of this architectural and spiritual treasure of the South
St. Mary Basilica 107 S. Union St. Natchez, MS 39120 Telephone: 601.445.5616
A sassy little mockingbird had perfect timing as I was taking this photo in Natchez City Cemetery. This is the Andrew Brown Memorial (1789 – 1871). Andrew was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He trained as an architect and migrated to Natchez, by way of Pittsburgh, in 1820. In Natchez, he worked as a builder and established his own lumber business.
Longwood, in Natchez, Mississippi, epitomizes the rise and fall of the antebellum south. It’s the only unfinished antebellum home in the country. The history of the home may explain why spirits of the former owners are said to linger here.
I host a podcast called Southern Mysteries and last March I dedicated an episode to this fascinating place. Listen to learn about the history of Longwood