You realize just how big Texas is, when it takes longer to go from Dallas to Shreveport than it does to drive across the top of Louisiana. We left Dallas on Highway 20 towards Louisiana and it took about 3 hours to get out of Texas. We drove from the East of Louisiana to the West of Louisiana in about 2 hours, which finally put us in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
While we were in Louisiana we had to stop off at Willies place. It gave us a moment to stretch our legs and walk around. You may have heard of the place… Duck Dynasty, Duck Commander Shop.
We arranged to stay at a beautiful Victorian home in Vicksburg through Airbnb, and it lived up to our expectations. (if you are interested in using Airbnb on your next vacation $20.00 off Airbnb stay) We arrived around sunset so we used that to our advantage and took some gorgeous pictures of the Mighty Mississippi River. Just being there made you want to kick back and relax to hear the water washing by. That night we watched a movie in the backyard of the place we stayed, we made s’mores in their fire pit and ate grilled hot dogs. My kids thought they were in heaven!
Tuesday morning we drove through the Vicksburg National Military Park where we were engulfed in thoughts and memories about the Civil War. It was breathtaking to stand where someone fought for what they believed and most likely died because of it. The one thing I hope my girls take from this experience is that it is important to stand up for what you believe in. There is no telling where this country would be today if the Confederate army had won. I was so moved by the thought of all those people that sacrificed so much for their beliefs. Words cannot pay my respects enough to do them justice.
After the Military Park we drove about an hour south to Natchez, Mississippi. I had wanted to visit some plantation homes so that I could imagine living way back then and imagine being rich. (what?!….I am a teacher….so I’m usually broke!) We stopped at a local burger joint first (Bellemont Shake Shop…my girls rated it 8 out of 10) to get some grub and then we went on to pretend we were fancy mansion owners. We went to three historic homes and they were all uniquely different and had their own personality as well as their original owners. It will never stop amazing me about the stories that go along with these homes. You have to visit to get the stories but they are amazing and well worth the time and money. Stanton hall was a beautiful black and white column home in downtown Natchez.
Our next stop, the Longwood home, was out in the wooded area of Natchez with a gorgeous tree covered drive into the home. I stopped and took a picture of the home on our way up. It is an octagon shape with windows and on each face to allow the breeze to move through the home. This one was my favorite because it could have been a gorgeous home on the inside had they finished it! Such a sad story about the Civil War stopping construction on the home and it never got completed.
When we got home from Natchez, my girls wanted to play BeanBoozled with our Airbnb hosts boys. So she welcomed us to her kitchen table where our kiddos played the game and we watched and laughed. You know you are with the right family when you can sit back and watch the kids laugh together. We really enjoyed our host home!
The last home we visited was in Vicksburg, actually about 3 blocks west of our home we stayed in. Cedar Grove Mansion is a famous home that received hundreds of cannon ball attacks and bullet holes during the Civil War. One of the cannon balls is still lodged in the men’s parlor room wall. This is a gorgeous home that is actually a bed and breakfast. So if you are feeling fancy go stay at this place!
Our last stop before heading out of Vicksburg for our long drive home was the Coca-Cola museum. This was the place that first started bottling Coca-Cola. It was a little place but we sure enjoyed it!
So if you are looking for a place that is relaxing, historical and interesting go visit Vicksburg, Mississippi! We sure enjoyed it! The mighty Mississippi river was amazing to watch and reminded us of how it grew a small town into a booming city. Goodbye for now Mississippi!
Thanks for reading about our trip. We sure had a nice Spring Break 2016.