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Free Melrose House Tours  

Sep/24/2011 - Sep/24/2011
Location: Melrose - 1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway

On Saturday, September 24, 2011, Natchez National Historical Park will waive Melrose House Tour fees in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, the largest one-day volunteer event in support of public lands. 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. These two sites provide an excellent opportunity for families to spend time together, have a picnic, or learn more about the rich history of Natchez.

Melrose, once considered by many to be the finest home in the Natchez region, interprets the wealthy planter class through the lives of John and Mary Louisa McMurran, its first owners. Today Melrose represents one of the most completely preserved antebellum estates in Natchez with many original furnishings and outbuildings.

Visitors also learn about the hundreds of enslaved people of African descent whose forced labor on plantations created the wealth that built Melrose, and how their talents were utilized at the estate. Their important contributions are recognized through slave cabin exhibits showing a furnished living space and interpreting slavery in this area.

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

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