2016 Tricentennial Celebration

On August 3, 1716, the French completed construction of a wooden palisade fort high on the bluff overlooking the eastern shore of the Mississippi River in the area occupied by the American Indian tribe known as the “Natchez.” From this date modern Natchez marks its 300th anniversary in 2016.

Throughout the year, the citizens of Natchez will be able to showcase the 300-year evolution of this “Jewel of the Mississippi.” You are invited to join Natchez as it commemorates its past, celebrates its present, and creates its future in 2016 and beyond!early map of Natchez and Fort Rosalie

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A Recent Natchez Tricentennial Video



Natchez on the hill, from the Marine Hospital. Sketched by our special artist, A. R. Waud.