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Free Melrose House Tours  

Jun/21/2011 - Jun/21/2011
Location: Melrose & William Johnson House

Start summer with a FREE visit to a national park! Park Superintendent Kathleen Jenkins announces that on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, Natchez National Historical Park will waive Melrose House Tour fees in conjunction with the first day of summer. On this day, all Melrose House tours will be free of charge.

Natchez National Historical Park invites families to visit not only Melrose, but also the William Johnson House for free on this first day of summer. These two sites provide an excellent opportunity for families to begin their summer vacation spending time together, having a picnic, and learning more about the rich history of Natchez.

The William Johnson House tells a unique story of the free people of color in Natchez. The site consists of the actual Johnson home and kitchen, and the adjoining McCallum House. Although William Johnson was born a slave, he was freed at age eleven and later became a successful businessman, slaveholder, and diarist in Natchez. Visitors to the site will be able to see the actual family home furnished with many of the families original furnishings, listen to Johnson’s diary entries, view a variety of interactive exhibits in the visitor center, and shop in the park’s bookstore.

Melrose, located at 1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway offers house tours at 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. The William Johnson House, located at 210 State Street, is a free site open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

For other activities and events at Natchez National Historical Park, including Melrose and the William Johnson House, please call 601-446-5790 or visit www.nps.gov/natc.


Contact: Natchez National Historical Park
Phone: 601-442-7047

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