Marilyn JonesIt’s hard to fit three centuries of history into a weekend, but that’s what I attempted to do on a recent visit to Natchez with my daughter Olivia Moore and my one-year-old granddaughter Ainsley.

The city is celebrating its 300th anniversary throughout 2016. The date the city considers is beginning is August 3, 1716, when the French completed Fort Rosalie in an area occupied by the American Indian tribe known as the “Natchez.”

What followed was prosperity, war, decline and historic preservation; a story of the men and women who made Natchez the extraordinary destination it is today.

We arrived on Friday evening and checked into Natchez Grand Hotel. The hotel is situated high above the Mississippi River and, lucky for us, our room overlooked the fast-flowing river.



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