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The Natchez Spring Pilgrimage: Capturing the Essence of the South

NATCHEZ, Miss.- A historical tradition since 1932, the annual event is set to kickoff.

The Natchez Spring Pilgrimage initially began when ladies of a local gardening club opened up their homes to the public. This began somewhat of a revolution that “ignited the spirit of historic preservation” in the Natchez region. From then on, all profits and proceeds went to benefit the preservation efforts, building to become what it is today; 24 Antebellum-style homes (privately owned) opening up for public display, welcoming visitors from all around the world. This was the first tour of it’s kind in America.

“Pilgrimage offers an array of public activities to experience the essence of the south in one visit. Costumed hosts and hostesses will guide visitors through the homes, sharing the unique history of the homes through stories passed through generations,” said Natchez Pilgrimage Tours Executive Director Lindsey Shelton.

Entertainment will also be provided, the the premier event being the Historic Natchez Tableaux, and that will bring a new and exciting show this year, depicting over 300 years of Natchez history by way of storytelling, music, and dance.

The 2015 Pilgrimage experience will begin Saturday, March 7th and run through April 7th.

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