Short Construction Delays Possible Near Tupelo, MS (milepost 264.4)
Repairs on a bridge will require one-lane closures of the Parkway for about 1/4 mile near Tupelo. Work is expected to be completed in fall of 2014. Please use caution due to construction traffic around the work area. More »
Portion of National Scenic Trail Near Tupelo Closed to Hikers
Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »
Looking for a fun and educational way to learn about America's Civil War? Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights with the National Park Service's Civil War to Civil Rights trading cards! The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit a park in person to earn a card (sorry, cards cannot be mailed). Ask a ranger or stop by the visitor center at a participating park. Along the Natchez Trace Parkway, you can earn your cards at the Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266), the Parkway Information Cabin (milepost 102.4), or Mount Locust (milepost 15.5). In addition to the Natchez Trace Parkway cards, you can also earn trading cards for Tupelo National Battlefield and Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site.
Living and Dying Enslaved
Mount Locust became a thriving cotton plantation by the 1840s, and about 50 enslaved people lived in the cabins that once stood on the property. In the nearby slave cemetery, a single headstone marks the area where these individuals are buried.
Trace of Sadness
Traders brought slaves from Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee, to sell them further south. From Nashville, enslaved people were forced to walk for more than three weeks along the Old Natchez Trace. When they arrived at Natchez, Mississippi, they were sold at one of the largest slave trading posts in the country.
Did You Know?
George Colbert operated a stand and ferry to cross the Tennessee River and is rumored to have charged Andrew Jackson $75,000 to ferry his army across the river.