Football fans traveling to Mississippi for games in October should plan to get to know Mississippi.  Drive the Natchez Parkway.  Visit Natchez for Fall Pilgrimage or The Great Mississippi Balloon Race.  Plan to tour Vicksburg. Travel the Mississippi Blues Trail. Visit Greenville for the Delta Hot Tamale Festival.  Explore Ole Miss. Visit the Square in Oxford.

Our trip through Mississippi actually began in New Orleans.  We spent a couple of days enjoying NOLA’s food and drink before traveling to Baton Rouge for the FL/LSU game.  See a previous post for that story!

Our road trip continued to Natchez, Mississippi.

Natchez Bridge and the casino river boat photo by Kathy Miller

 Good friend, Carol Jones, served as our tour guide for the second time.

Dave, Carol, Clara and Kathy in Natchez Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

  Carol is the Assistant General Manager of Monmouth Historic Inn.  

Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez , Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

We stayed in this beautiful room at Monmouth on our first trip to Natchez.

Room at Monmouth in Natchez, Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

And enjoyed the gardens at this historic inn.

Monmouth's gardens Natchez, MS photo by Kathy Miller

Carol invited us to dinner to reunite Clara with her Natchez friends.

Clara with friend James Johnston photo by Kathy Miller

The Natchez group of friends photo by Kathy Miller

Clara, Pete and Rene photo by Kathy Miller

   With more Antebellum homes surviving the Civil War than in any other Southern City, Natchez has become the destination for American history lovers.  Many homes are open for tours year round.

Stanton Hall 

Stanton Hall, Natchez, MS photo by Kathy Miller

Love this shot from the front of Stanton Hall with the Natchez water tower in the background.

Stanton Hall front with Natchez water tower photo by Kathy Miller

 My favorite home is Rosalie Mansion,

Rosalie Mansion, Natchez MS, photo by Kathy Miller

overlooking the Mississippi River.

View North on Mississippi River from Rosalie Mansion photo by Kathy Miller

 Inside Rosalie looking from one bedroom into the children’s room and nursery.

Rosalie Mansion bedroom looking into nursery photo by Kathy Miller

 Rear portico with detached kitchen/dependency.

view from rear portico and detached kitchen/dependency photo by Kathy Miller

 Food was carried to the main house through a covered walkway and served through a ground floor window.

Covered walkway to detached kitchen/dependency photo by Kathy Miller

Kitchen fireplace and tools at Rosalie, Natchez, MS photo by Kathy Miller

Love this ice box with spigot for melted ice.  

Ice box with spigot, Rosalie Mansion, Natchez, MS photo by Kathy Miller

Longwood Plantation, unique because it was never finished due to the outbreak of the Civil War.

Longwood Plantation, Natchez, Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

The owners lived in the 9 finished basement rooms.  The upper floors remain as during the Civil War, unfinished and just a shell of a house.

During the Fall Pilgrimage 2014, September 26-October 13, “nineteen antebellum mansions, most of them private residences, open their doors to visitors during this three-week Pilgrimage every fall.”

First Presbyterian Church is an interesting destination.

First Presbyterian Church, Natchez, Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

Mark Twain used to visit this church when in Natchez and supposedly this balcony is the inspiration for the famous funeral scene in Tom Sawyer.

Balcony in First Presbyterian Church supposedly the inspiration for Mark Twain's famous funeral scene in Tom Sawyer photo by Kathy Miller

The church also has a fabulous photography collection housed in its Natchez In Historical Photographs Gallery telling the history of Natchez as seen through the camera’s eye. 

Either before or after your big road game in Mississippi, you must not

leave Natchez without seeing the 

Great Mississippi Balloon Race, Oct.17,18, & 19

The Great Mississippi Balloon Race official 2014 graphic, courtesy

“Pilots compete to win prizes Saturday and Sunday mornings by tossing out sandbags onto a large ground target! See the beautiful array of balloons as they fly over the cities of Natchez, Vidalia, and the Mississippi River.”

Graphic and quote courtesy of 

Great Mississippi Balloon Race courtesy of PinterstPhoto Courtesy Pinterest

  And for my Tennessee buddies, my Natchez friend, James Johnston, sent me this photo!!!!!  Yes we were represented in the Great Mississippi Balloon Race!

Tennessee Vol in the Great Mississippi Balloon Festival photo by James Johnston

Carol took us to lunch at The Old Country Store in Lorman, Mississippi.

The Old Country Store in Lorman, Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

The Old Country Store is known for Mr. D’s fried chicken.  When we arrived for lunch they had sold out of the fried chicken, but Mr. D wouldn’t hear of us leaving without it.  He promptly fried up another batch and after serving, serenaded us with Sugar Pie Honey Bunch.

 Mr. D is Arthur Davis, owner and operator of The Old Country Store.  He claims his fried chicken is the best in the World!  We agree.

Mr. D, Author Davis owner of The Old Country Store, Lorman, Mississippi with Kathy Miller and Clara photo by Kathy Miller

Thank you for making more fried chicken. 

Aurthor Davis on the porch of The Old Country Store

Mr. D’s special song,  “Grandmama Was My Cornbread Cooking Queen.” 

 I apologize for the impromptu photography.  I only had my cell phone to capture this special memory!

We traveled back to Natchez to meet our friends at The Corner Bar.  The first time I visited the Corner Bar I was served a “glass” of wine in a styrofoam cup.

Carol, Dave, Kathy, Clara at The Corner Bar Natchez, MS photo by Kathy Miller

They have come up in the world!

I've Been Cornered, The Corner Bar, Natchez Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

“I’ve Been Cornered”

The Natchez Group at The Corner Bar, Natchez, Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

 If you live in Mississippi you know there are several options for college loyalties.

Carol’s daughter Jennifer is an avid Ole Miss fan and son, Will is a LSU Tiger fan.

Jennifer and Will with friend at The Corner Bar Natchez, Mississippi photo by Kathy Miller

Carol is a Mississippi State graduate.  We presented Carol with my “Tailgating At The Junction” MSU painting.

Notice the cowbell in her left hand.

Carol with her Mississippi State print by Kathy Miller photo by Kathy Miller

The Mississippi State painting includes Lee Hall and the famous Maroon Band drum line at The Junction.

Cowbells to ring MSU to victory sit proudly on tailgating tables. Cowbells are highly coveted and handed down through generations of MSU fans.

And the red Famous Edam Cheese made and sold by MSU dairy.

Tailgating At The Junction with drum line and cowbells and mississippii state cheese painting by Kathy Miller

Thank you Carol and Natchez friends for making our trip a memorable one.

The next day, we decided to drive the Natchez Trace on our way north.  The Trace begins in Natchez and ends in Nashville, Tennessee.  It follows the overland route used by  traders returning home after bringing goods down the Mississippi River.

Stay tuned for Traveling Through Mississippi Part II

You’ll get to meet my friend, Hank Burdine, promoting Greenville, Mississippi’s Delta Hot Tamale Festival, Oct. 16-18.

Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels.  I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information on your favorite tailgating spots.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.


  • Clara says:

    Seeing these pictures of Natchez makes me want to return once again. If you have never visited this beautiful and historical town you need to get it on your list of trips to take. Even though you might not get the hospitality of Carol and all of our other good friends, everyone in Natchez will make you feel welcome!

  • Leslie Terry says:

    I can’t believe how timely your Mississippi trip is! Bill and I were just talking about exploring MS…especially the Natchez Trace and Natchez itself. Have never been and your photos whet all of my appetites (food first, travel right behind!). Thank you so much!


    • You will love Natchez! Clara will have to set you up with Carol. The Monmouth Historic Inn is a delight and Carol is such a valuable employee! She is special. Thanks for commenting and hope you go to Mississippi!

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