Plan Your Visit

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Melrose Mansion, Forks of the Road, Fort Rosalie, William Johnson House

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Natchez National Historical Park offers visitors the opportunity to explore the complex history of Natchez, Mississippi from European settlement, African enslavement, the American cotton economy, and the Civil Rights struggle in the lower Mississippi River Valley and the American South.

Natchez National Historical Park is composed of five NPS-owned properties:

  • Forks of the Road, site of the second largest slave market in the Deep South, of national importance in telling the story of human trafficking and the domestic slave trade. (under ownership by NPS as of June 18, 2021)
  • Fort Rosalie Site, site of a French fortification, c. 1716, making Natchez one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the Lower Mississippi River Valley.
  • Melrose, a suburban estate and National Historic Landmark, once home to a wealthy White planter family and 22 enslaved people who lived and worked there.
  • Natchez Visitor Center, a local and state welcome center as well as the southern terminus visitor center for the Natchez Trace Parkway, providing visitor information and services.
  • William Johnson House, once home to the Barber of Natchez, a free man of color whose diary provides insight into the world of the non-enslaved in the mid-19th century South.

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Basic Information
Find essential information for your trip, including operating hours, fees and passes and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Directions and Transportation
Learn how to get to Natchez.

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Eating and Sleeping
Find information about lodging, camping and restaurants.

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Things to Do
Discover, wonder, and explore at Natchez National Historical Park. There is something for everyone here at the park- perhaps you would like to join a ranger-led tour of Melrose Mansion, explore the site of Fort Rosalie, or become a Junior Ranger at the William Johnson House.

Park Ranger leading tour of Melrose formal gardens


View schedule of park ranger-led programs.

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Prepare yourself to safely enjoy Natchez National Historical Park.

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Find general information about accessibility in Natchez National Historical Park.

Last updated: June 11, 2021

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

640 South Canal Street
Suite E

Natchez, MS 39120


601 446-5790
Hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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