On my way to Natchez


I am tremendously excited to have acquired a portable keyboard for my iPad Mini so I can blog all the way to Natchez tomorrow. My fingers are far too fat for this liliapution keyboard, but it will provide endless hours of fun as our corpulent tour bus lumbers towards Natchez with a stop in Tuscaloosa for smoked chicken and white barbecue sauce at the Cypress Inn.

A bunch of us Episcopalians are touring historic sites, eating every two hours whether we need to or not and drinking, maybe even on the bus. That is why we have a bus.

So it is a long trip tomorrow – about nine hours – and you’ll hear from me along the way. Until then, some fun facts about Natchez.

  • The first plantations and settlements in Natchez were French after they founded a fort in the territory in 1716.
  • Natchez is the starting point of the Natchez Trace, which ends in Nashville. Traders would float their goods down the Mississippi to Natchez, sell them and their boats as lumber and make their back to Nashville by land on the Trace.
  • Prior to the Civil War, Natchez has more millionaires per capita than any city in the United States.
  • Natchez has more antebellum homes than anywhere else in the U.S.

Of course, I will be blogging mostly about food as I have already mapped out my eating itinerary, down to my first order at the Cypress Inn tomorrow. Doesn’t everyone study menus online before they travel?

And I’m proud to report that it only took me four hours to write a 20-minute post on the iPad. Baby steps.


  1. howard lewis
    howard lewisReply
    December 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I love the city of Natchez and the Trace ( what a fantastic drive that is)
    This is where I had my first fried pickles…………….
    I am sooooooooooooo jealous

    • Catherine Mayhew
      Catherine MayhewReply
      December 2, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Love this place!!

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