Natchez City Cemetery
2 Cemetery Rd
Natchez MS, 39120
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Located on Cemetery Road, overlooking the Mississippi River, the Natchez City Cemetery was established in 1822 and covers approximately 95 acres of land. The cemetery is open from 7:00 a.m. until dusk, which varies but it usually arrives around 7:00 p.m. When dusk arrives please begin to leave the grounds or you may find yourself locked in.
The old burying ground was on a high hill where Memorial Park and St. Maryís Cathedral are located in downtown Natchez. Samuel Brooks, the first Mayor of Natchez, from 1803-1811, is still buried there. When the cemetery was established in its present location, the remains from the old burial ground were gradually moved to the present site north of the town.
Markers with dates of deaths in the late 1700ís testify to the fact that the remains were also moved from churchyards and private plantation burial grounds. Romantic, tragic and mysterious tales lie buried in the old graves.
Everyone is welcome to tour the cemetery at his or her leisure. You can drive along the roads in the cemetery viewing from you car, or you may wish to walk among the tombstones. If you enter the cemetery through the main gate you will be entering the historic area.
Upon entering the main gate, which is the third gate coming from town, you will see the cemetery office-building that has a wooden mailbox on the porch that contains free brochures that include a map that highlights interesting stops.
A tour of the Natchez City Cemetery is a glimpse back in time to the early days of historic Natchez, revealing the rich and colorful tapestry of this early Southern city on the Mississippi River. You will find many of the builders of the magnificent Natchez antebellum homes are buried here.
Numerous beautiful, creatively designed iron fences, benches, iron mausoleum doors, tombstones and monuments are found within the cemetery. The varied patterns of ironwork represent almost the entire spectrum of ironwork produced in America in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Artistically sculptured markers with often-poignant inscriptions add to the unique character of the burial ground.
The majority of the signed marble work dates to before the Civil War. Edwin Lyon and Robert Rawes, two of the most prolific and outstanding antebellum marble workers can be credited with many of the beautifully sculpted monuments. There were numbers of other talented artisans whose work contributes to the beauty of the cemetery.
Annual Angels on the Bluff Tour
Each year, usually the first weekend of November, the cemetery presents an elaborate presentation at the Natchez City Cemetery with selected gravesites being featured. This production presents local citizens who portray individuals buried here, and many of the local actors are descendants of individuals they are portraying.
Guides direct groups from grave to grave where local actors, dressed in period costumes, tell stories about the lives &/or deaths of various people buried here. Several of these presentations are accompanied with musical tributes.
Each year the date and time for the Angels on the Bluff Tour can vary so please check their website for the current schedule.
The Natchez City Cemetery is located, fittingly, on Cemetery Road at the north end of Natchez.
The best way to get to the cemetery is to drive north on Canal Street until you come to a dead-end at Madison Street. Turn left onto Madison and then take an immediate right onto Linton Avenue.
As you drive north on Linton Street for several blocks youíll see the Natchez Little Theater on your right. Here Linton merges with Maple Street, which quickly becomes Cemetery Road. The Natchez City Cemetery will be about 1/4 mile on the right.
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