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  • 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 »

  • Ammendments to the Superintendent's Compendium

    Launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent. More »

Natchez Trace Parkway to Rehabilitate Ridgeland Crafts Center

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Date: May 18, 2009
Contact: Dale Wilkerson, 662-680-4006

This facility, originally constructed in the late 1950s, was used for many years by the Mississippi Craftsman Guild. Since construction was completed on the Guild's new facility on Rice Road, the building has remained unoccupied.

The rehabilitation work will restore the facility to its original purpose as a visitor contact station. Major elements of the work will include establishment of a staffed interpretive exhibit area, creation of a sales outlet for Eastern National Parks and Monument Association--the official sales partner of the National Park Service--and renovation of the restroom facilities.

Work will begin the week of May 18, when the restrooms will be closed. Portable-use facilities will be provided for the public for the duration of the project. The renovation effort is scheduled to be completed in late June.

Did You Know?

The Tennessee River along the Natchez Trace Parkway

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.