Thursday afternoon we took off for Natchez. Since Kimberlee has seen New Orleans 3 times we thought she might enjoy something different. Our intention was to arrive in Natchez early enough to take a carriage ride, because the city web site says it goes until dusk. We drove past the place where the rides begin, but no one was there. No problem. They're just out around town. After searching for an hour with Marc giving a self-guided tour of everything we saw the last time, we found the horses in the stable and all the carriages tucked away under an open barn. The man basically said it was too cold, so maybe they'd be back in a few days. Needless to say, we were extremely disappointed!
Here are a few pictures of our driving tour.
|St. Mary's Basilica was dedicated on Dec. 25, 1843 and has held mass continuously since 1886|
|A true OLD shotgun house~|
|As you can see, this is the first brick house built in the Mississippi Territory. Manuel Garcia de Texada (originally de Tejada) arrived in the New World as a Spanish subject during the American Revolution. By 1782 he arrive in Natchez, served as mayordomo of the Natchez Royal Hospital and was a recipient of a Spanish land grant in present day Jefferson County. In 1798 he acquired this brick building where several tenants ran a variety of businesses. Today it's know as Texada Tavern. The interesting thing about it is that, somewhere down the road, someone(s) reversed every brick, transforming it from old to new. I can't even imagine how long that took.|
|Part of the original brickwork before being reversed|