Monday, June 28, 2010
1 & 2. Mount Repose and one end of ballroom in Stanton Hall
5 & 6. Lansdown (left) and Richmond (right) with members of Natchez Gardenn Club Royal Court, in costume.
Natchez, Mississippi is the oldest city on the Mississippi River, founded in 1716. "The first route into Natchez was the Natchez Trace, originally a buffalo trail and later used by Native Americans and early settlers. Flatboat men plied their craft downriver to Natchez or New Orleans, sold their goods and boats, and walked or rode wagons north toward home on the Trace. With the advent of steamboat travel in the early nineteenth century, the Trace fell into disuse." [There's a word I've only heard used in the South - "trace" - my grandmother used to talk about "Buffalo Trace", a big very old house overlooking the town of Maysville, Kentucky, where she was from. The Buffalo Trace in the Wiki sounds more like a road than a house.]