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March 20, 2008 Wandering the Trace

Rick Morgan
While wandering 24 miles from Natchez, MS on the Natchez Trace Parkway, we made a remarkable discovery! Springfield Plantation - the Plantation, built in 1790 is the oldest and grandest plantation in this area. Here, in 1791, Andrew Jackson married Rachel Robards, an event, which made Springfield the setting for one of early America’s most famous and later tragic stories of love, and devotion. The uniqueness of Springfield is that it remains almost original, including magnificent Georgian-Adam-Federal woodwork and mantels hand carved in Virginia in the 18th century.

Our guide, Mr. Arthur E. La Salle could have been a character right out of a Dickens’s Novel – so very, very eccentric, but a true historian. We will share more of this chronicle when we see you all; photos do not do it justice!

Off to the Old Country Store and Mr. D's world famous, outstanding fried chicken, corn bread, and peach cobbler. He signed his autograph for us, and took a photo with Mr. Rick.

After lunch, we visited the Windsor Ruins, featured in the movie "Ghosts of Mississippi" - but more interesting was that it burned to the ground because of a cigarette - the newly "fashionable habit" of the day. A stop in Port Gibson, lead us to two unique churches, MUST SEE PHOTOS about these, and again, lots of Civil War history.

Back on the Trace, (a National Park) runs 445 miles between Natchez and Nashville - a stunning, wooded, drive that does not allow any commercial traffic. The drive filled with history from the Choctaw Indians to post Civil War. After having traveled only 53 very enjoyable miles for the day, we stopped at Rocky Springs campground