By Jennie Guido/columnist
One factor I’ve realized since becoming a member of the staff at Monmouth Historic Inn is that it’s worthwhile to know Natchez nicely. Fortunately, I’ve bought some expertise relating to the nooks and crannies of downtown; and I do know a factor or two about nice locations to cease going and coming to Natchez, too.
Friends are at all times asking the place to eat lunch, what’s the must-see place, can I stroll round downtown, what time is sundown, and what’s your favourite place as an area.
That makes an excellent level. As locals, we all know this place higher than anybody. Friends come right here from all overlooking for an expertise not like some other, and Natchez is the proper place to search out simply that. After I’m working with a visitor, I’ve three insider tricks to Natchez that I like to supply throughout their time with us.
The obvious journey to me is a visit to the Natchez Metropolis Cemetery. Though “Angels on the Bluff” is just one weekend a yr, the cemetery is open all yr spherical. With the choice of a self-guided tour, friends can simply spend as a lot time as they want wandering the grounds and taking within the historical past.
Should you run into Adam Gwin round city, ask him what components of the cemetery he likes greatest. He is aware of that historical past just like the again of his hand. Personally, I prefer to counsel heading again to Catholic Hill and seeing the various bishops buried right here whereas Natchez was the seat of the Diocese. I additionally prefer to suggest the Jewish cemetery since these graves have such element and fascinating heritage.
One other tour I counsel is the Natchez Trails all through downtown. There’s a lot historical past packed into a fast stroll round our one-way streets you can really feel like an area. After all, strolling the path alongside the bluff and riverfront makes for a improbable scenic view and fairly the front-row seat for the sundown. Should you comply with Natchez Inc.’s government director, Chandler Russ, you will notice that he’s no stranger to those sunsets and shares them with us as usually as attainable.
Lastly, I additionally inform folks to go to St. Mary Basilica. Whereas I’ll take it as a right as a result of I’ve spent my complete life inside that sanctuary and skilled so many milestones in these pews, for an out-of-towner, simply strolling within the door from the vestibule is breathtaking. After the renovation within the early 2000s, I’ll admit I spent many-a homilies staring on the ceiling. The art work is phenomenal. The stained glass is filled with historical past. The grandeur of your complete Cathedral is like nothing in Mississippi.
So, take a while, get out, and be a vacationer in your hometown. Discover these hidden gems to share with somebody you meet having a beer at Natchez Brewery or grabbing one thing candy at Rolling within the Dough. They may admire what we take as a right every day, and you should have made a mark on their journey to Natchez.
Jennie Guido is a group columnist for The Natchez Democrat. You might attain her at firstname.lastname@example.org.