Natchez sites among state’s ‘must sees’

Published 8:51 pm Tuesday, October 9, 2007

NATCHEZ — Several Southwest Mississippi sites are features in the newly released “Must See Mississippi: 50 Favorite Places” book.

The book is a guided tour through the Magnolia State’s historic locales, ranging from the graceful swinging bridge at Tishomingo State Park to the Biloxi lighthouse. Each featured location contributes a unique piece of the state’s rich and multilayered history, told in Mary Carol Miller’s text and more than 100 full color photographs from Mary Rose Carter.

Natchez author Greg Iles wrote the book’s introduction.

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Natchez sites include the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Monmouth and Jefferson College. Area sites include Old Natchez Trace, the Woodville Branch Banking House, Christ Episcopal Church in Church Hill and Windsor Ruins.

Carter and Mill have culled a comprehensive list of their favorite places, but those expecting a book full of typical Mississippi landmarks may be disappointed. In his introduction Iles points out that “‘Must See Mississippi’ is not the ‘obvious’ book on Mississippi architecture and the history behind it. This book is a record of more subtle treasures, those likely to be missed on a first or even second journey to our state.”

Other spots in the state featured in the book include, Little Red Schoolhouse, the Lyceum, Tate County Courthouse and the Neshoba County Fairgrounds.

Each of these sites is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or is eligible for such designation.