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Vicksburg-A Step Back Into History

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An August 2000 trip to Vicksburg by Linda Kaye

The Natchez Trace Photo, Vicksburg, Mississippi More Photos
Quote: Whether you’re a weary traveler or searching for an exciting vacation, a nature lover, or simply a history buff you will be happily surprised to learn that the state of Mississippi, as we have discovered, has a vast array of opportunities for you to enjoy

Vicksburg-A Step Back Into History

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Overview

Enjoying Southern Hospitality Photo, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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We were on a long, lazy road trip with two weeks to meander through Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee before returning home to Texas. Leaving Memphis after visiting Graceland, we drove the beautiful National Parkway known as the Natchez Trace, making our way toward Vicksburg. When we arrived, there were two things we knew for sure: (1) Vicksburg is rich in history and (2) there are several casinos in the area. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and has always been known for its commerce, agriculture and river traffic. However, with the growing popularity of gambling casinos, tourism is quickly becoming a vital element in Vicksburg’s growth. It is a typical Southern...Read More

Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant

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Hotel | "Oak Grove Mansion"

Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant Photo, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Listed under “Bed and Breakfast” in the guidebook I found Cedar Grove. We were planning to stay at Harrah’s for the night, but on a whim, I called Cedar Grove on my cell phone as we were approaching Vicksburg. The first price I was quoted for a room to accommodate 3 adults was $135.00. However, after ASKING for a lower rate, I was quoted $110.00. When we arrived, we were given keys to three different rooms, but chose General Butler’s Suite as it was a three-room suite with two separate sleeping areas. It was beautiful. At Cedar Grove, the room rate includes a full breakfast served in the elegant dining room and a guided tour of the mansion. It also affords registered guests complete acce...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant
2200 OAK STREET
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
(601) 636-1000

Graceland

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Attraction

Graceland Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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Being a teenager in the late 1950’s, my dream was to see Elvis Presley, The King. The one time he came to my hometown, tickets sold out fast. It was like winning a prize if you were lucky enough to get a ticket to his show; I was not among the fortunate ones. Since then I always wanted to visit Graceland, probably just to say I had been there. I finally got my chance. We planned a two-week road trip to the Deep South and Graceland became apart of the schedule. Yes, I still wanted to see Elvis even after more than 40 years. Leaving Texas, we first went to New Orleans and then headed for Memphis, Tennessee. It wasn’t hard to find Graceland and the Elvis Museums surroundin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2002

Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, Tennessee 38116
(901) 322-3322

Oak Grove- More than just Accomodations

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Story/Tip

Oak Grove Mansion Photo, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Imagine its 1858, the long hard winter has just passed. The signs of spring are in the air and life is becoming abundantly evident. The air is sweet with honeysuckle and there before you is a magnificent and beautiful new home- Cedar Grove. It has been furnished with treasures from all over the world, hand picked by John and Elizabeth Klein, the builders and owners. Throughout the estate gardens you can see pathways leading to water fountains, patios and secluded gazebos. In the background you can hear the hustle and bustle of the port city of Vicksburg along the Mississippi River. Guests are arriving in horse drawn carriages to attend a social afternoon with the Kleins. Now, it’s the year 2000...Read More

Driving the Natchez Trace

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Story/Tip

The Natchez Trace Photo, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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If you are traveling by car, consider the Natchez Trace for part of your journey. The Trace is a 442-miles national parkway, which runs between Natchez, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee, free of all commercialization, billboards and even towns. It is a peaceful drive through wooded areas and wide meadows. Speed limit is 50 mph and on the day we drove it, there was very little traffic. Be sure to pick up a map at one of the several visitor centers as it lists all the historic landmarks you can look for along the route. You do not have to drive the entire parkway to experience this National treasure, you can jump on and off at any of the many exits along the way. Cost of this wonderf...Read More