Special Members' Tour to Natchez

Join the Tennessee State Museum Foundation on a Spring Members’ trip to beautiful NATCHEZ, Mississippi on March 2 - 7
The State Museum Foundation has been offered some amazing opportunities which you will not want to miss!!! Natchez, a riverboat town, pre-dates New Orleans and has a special relationship with Nashville through the connection of the two cities by the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The road was originally built and used for centuries by Indians for travel between the Cumberland Mountains and the Mississippi River. Early trappers later took their furs down to New Orleans by river and traveled back north through Natchez on the Trace to Nashville.

Natchez has been under the control of the Indians, the French, Spanish, British and, finally, both the American and Confederate governments. In 1860, this hamlet was home to more millionaires per capita and per square mile than any other city in America. Nearly 600 antebellum structures remain in this town of only 15,000 where graciousness and hospitality abounds. The residents are preparing for their annual Spring Pilgrimage, so you will see this gorgeous city at its best. The focus of this trip will be on art, antiques, and architecture as it has been custom-designed for the State Museum members.

Here’s what’s in store for our adventurous travelers: We have been invited to privately tour historic homes and plantations in Natchez, and will have the majority of our meals at these homes, where we will also be treated to private concerts/recitals in a several of them.
Highlights of the trip include:
Magnolia Hall,built before the Civil War and now home to the Natchez Garden Club.

Frogmore Plantation with its 20 historic structures will show us about real life on a 19th century southern cotton plantation with emphasis on the role of women. We will also get to view a 19th century cotton gin here. Renowned vocalist Willie Minor will present a concert of spiritual music at the plantation church (a Rand McNally favorite!!).

The owners of Cherokee will host a cocktail party for our group. This 18th century mansion is the favorite among many for its unique architecture, superb antiques, and fabulous gardens, which features lovely peacocks on its grounds! This sneak-peek of a private home is not available to everyone.

We will also experience a short drive along the Natchez Trace on our way to Brandon Hall. Still surrounded by 50 acres of privately held lands on the Trace, this Greek Revival mansion is a must-see and is TOTALLY an EXCLUSIVE event.

The Towers, one of the most fabulous mansions in Natchez, will be the site of another tour and reception. Built in stages from the 1790s to the1850s, this magnificent home is decorated with collections of all kinds and features unbelievable decorative arts, as well as furniture from 19th century American makers. The mansion will be ours for the evening for a private tour with the owners, a sing-along concert of piano music and a sumptuous repast of homemade Southern delicacies like nobody else can offer. This alone is worth the trip and something you will be guaranteed to never forget!

Landsdowne Plantation, built in 1853, is still occupied by descendents of the original builder. The Marshalls were considered one of the wealthiest planter families of the entire south. This stunning home boasts its original furniture, silver, carpets, and Zuber wallpaper! Dinner in the “big house” includes being serenaded by the catering staff.

Informal “milk-punch” tour of Linden by owner Jeanette Feltus (mother of Nashville’s own Marjorie Feltus Hawkins). The entrance of this beloved landmark was used as the one on Tara in Gone with the Wind. Jeanette couldn’t imagine you heading to lunch without a drink!

A sneak-a-peek tour and luncheon at Routhland in a Natchezians family’s private home is a rare treat! Nestled among centuries-old oak trees, Routhland was built 200 years ago by one of the wealthiest cotton planters in the nation. The Ratcliffe family (an entertaining clan here for more than 70 years), who not only have the distinction of maintaining the oldest family farm in Mississippi, but are proud to have Tennessee roots, will welcome us warmly.
There’s more ….
A private farewell supper including a piano recital at the Stone House, at the Elms, will make for a grand send-off. Dinner at the “big house” will be served by Esther Carpenter, whose family has owned this landmark for many generations. Esther was voted by USAToday as one of the top female chefs in the nation.

Our trip will also include a day’s excursion to St. Francisville, LA to tour Oakleigh Plantation, were John James Audobon painted many of his celebrated Birds of America series, Rosedown Plantation, and lunch at The Myrtles, which is said to be the most-haunted house in America! A private dinner at Rosedown Gardens will conclude our day in St. Francisville.

Of course, there is free time for shopping in the quaint stores of the antebellum district of the famous riverboat town of Natchez, and exploring on your own. Whether you chose from valuable antiques, interesting books, spoons, or refrigerator magnets to commemorate your visit, shopping in Natchez is a treat for all.
The trip includes knowledgeable tour guides and historic accommodations at a reasonable price …
Beth Lekander, the Foundation’s Membership Manager, will lead the trip along with Scott Smith, aka Jimmy the Cricket, a professional tour operator and Natchez historian. Scott has been elected Grand Marshall of Mardi Gras for the 2015 season in Natchez.

We will be staying at the renowned Natchez Grand Hotel, overlooking both the mighty Mississippi River and historic downtown.

The cost of this trip is $1190 per person, double occupancy, and $1490 for a single person, singleroom. Included in the price of this trip is five nights lodging, transportation in a deluxe private coach (which features leather seats, ports for laptops, outlets for mobile phones, and flat screen televisions to enjoy watching Showboat!, Wi-Fi service, portage service for your luggage, tips, all entrance/attraction fees, tours, and ALL MEALS!

Click here to pay online or click here to download the form and send in a check.

Deadline for this trip is February 12, 2015.

TIME IS SHORT AND SPACE is limited so make your reservations now!!!

Don’t miss this experience!

The Tennessee State Museum Foundation (TSMF) acts as an agent only for all services furnished and expressly disclaims all responsibility of any nature whatsoever during the trip described in this packet. TSMF and its agents reserve the right at their discretion to change any part of the itinerary without notice for any reason. Any alterations to the itinerary may be made without penalty to the TSMF, which bears no responsibility for expense or inconvenience caused by late arrivals, ill health, accidents, weather and loss of life or civil disorders. No refund can be made for any feature of this program not used by the participant.  
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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