The outside of the "welcome center"
Natchez Trace Parkway
RW inside, at the start
RW playing with toys that Indian children would have played with
IC trying to get the ball into the cup
AJ putting the ball into the cup
Daddy & RW reading about the Choctaw & Chickasaw
RW in front of Indian Artifacts
RW reading to IC about the Indians
RW telling which tracks go to which animal
RW on the trace :)
RW trying to decide if he really wants to touch the bones
AJ feeling a raccoon fur ~ Soft!
RW holding a skull and horns
IC holding a skull and horns
RW watching the Indian video
Video about the Chickasaw
Wearing Racoon Tail Hats
After leaving the Visitor's Center, we headed down a part of Natchez Trace. First stop was the Old Trace.
Old Trace Sign (the start of the Old Trace Trail)
RW next to the Old Trace Sign
Close up of the what the sign says. We didn't even realize until we started walking up the trail that we were visiting it ON Veterans' Day. It kinda seemed fitting in a way.
The sign that is at the end of the 5 minute walk. 13 unknown confederate soldiers were buried here. RW thought it was sad that people would miss these soldiers and not even know that they were here.
Close up of the bottom of the sign
The row of grave stones
Close up of one of the grave stones
After leaving the Old Trace, we stopped at a look out called Dogwood Valley. Since we were here in the fall, we didn't get to see the flowering trees, but the info on the sign was good. :)
French - Chickasaw War Sign
Stone Monument to the Chickasaw that died defending their village against the settlers
Old Town is what the Chickasaw Village is called
RW next to the sign talking about the different types of houses the Chickasaw had
A Picture of how the village was set up. RW learned that the circle houses are winter homes, the small rectangle houses were summer houses and the large rectangle in the middle was a fort where the Chickasaw would go when under attack.
The layout where the buildings use to be
Where the Fort use to stand. IC was running along the border.
Sign explaining the fort
RW and IC standing where the summer house use to be
The summer house sign
RW and IC standing where the winter house use to be
Sign explaining the winter house
Sign explaining why a winter house was important
The boys really had a great time, and RW learned so much about Indians. Maybe next time we'll watch the 12 minute video (we didn't think IC and AJ would sit through it so we didn't watch it. ) There was so much that we all didn't know about the Indians from these parts. It was amazing to actually stand where Indians and Confederate soldiers ACTUALLY stood at one time.