Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where are the cotton fields?
Because Melrose was not actually a plantaion, but rather an estate or town house, John McMurran never grew cotton here. He did, however, own five cotton plantations. Two of those were located in Mississippi, two in Loiusiana, and one in Arkansas.
2. How big is Melrose?
In 1840 the McMurrans purchased 132 acres from Mrs. McMurran's father, Judge Edward Turner. Today the National Park Service owns 80 acres.
3. Is Natchez National Historical Park a part of the Natchez Trace Scenic Byway?
While both entities are owned by the National Park Service, Natchez National Historical Park is a separate unit from the Natchez Trace. The Natchez Trace does end in Natchez, however, and information about the Trace is available at the Natchez NHP visitors' center.
4. Can I take pictures inside the house?
You are more than welcome to take pictures of Melrose's interior when you are on a guided tour of the home. We do ask, however, that you turn the flash off on your camera to help preserve the home's furnishings and artwork.
Did You Know?
Famous naturalist and artist John James Audubon taught at Elizabeth Female Academy, near Natchez, in 1822. His time in the area influenced his artistic endeavors.