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Contact: David Slay, 601-446-5790 ext. 19
Come celebrate National Park Week at Natchez National Historical Park with free house tours at Melrose the next two weekends: Saturday and Sunday, April 15th and 16th, and Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd. Tours of the mansion begin at 10:00 and 11:00 am and at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. The grounds and slave exhibit are open all day free of charge. At the William Johnson House on State Street, self-guided tours of the family home are always free of charge.
Park staff will be conducting special programs to celebrate this special week on Saturday April 22nd. David Slay will be conducting Junior Ranger Day activities dressed as a French Marine at Fort Rosalie on Canal St. Saturday April 22nd from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. while C.J. Dee and his smartest horse in Mississippi will be conducting programs on African American Union cavalry at Melrose from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the fenced area next to the carriage house. To find him, follow the driveway to the parking area. CJ and his horse will be conducting programs just the other side of the fence from the picnic tables.
Fort Rosalie Junior Ranger Day visitors can park at the Natchez Welcome Center at 540 S. Canal Street and walk to the Green Street entrance of Fort Rosalie, across Green St. from the Old South Trading Post.
The newly opened Fort Rosalie site on South Canal Street is now open to the public from dawn until dusk every day, with picnic tables close to parking. For more information, please contact David Slay by phone at 601-446- 5790 ext. 19 or by email at David_Slay@nps.gov, or visit nps.gov/natc.