Our day dawned pretty early. 8:15 a.m. 🙂 Plans were to leave at 9:30. Dale hustled and I buttoned up the RV for travel and we were on the road at 9:15 a.m. After months of planning and travelling, we were finally getting on The Trace. Please understand the excitement we felt. This was something we have been looking forward to since we were told about this incredible 444 mile journey. This “history lover” was doing flips inside!
Like I said, the Trace is 444 miles long beginning in Natchez, MS and ending in Nashville, TN. We bought a great book, Guide to the Natchez Trace by F. Lynne Bachleda. She gives history about the Trace and information about mile by mile. A great book for history.
Our first stop on Wednesday was at the Old Trace. We had to walk across the street and we could see the old trail used by Indians, Boatmen, travelers, Pony Express and so forth.
Our next stop was the Emerald Mound. This is a mound of dirt that the Indians created for ceremonial and worship reasons. Emerald Mound measures 770 by 435 feet at the base and is 35 feet high. The mound was built by depositing earth along the sides of a natural hill, thus reshaping it and creating an enormous artificial plateau. Two smaller mounds sit atop the expansive summit platform of the primary mound. The larger of the two, at the west end, measures 190 by 160 feet and is 30 feet high.
Along the Trace were hostels where guests could get a meal and a sleep. People had to travel in groups for safety because of very cruel highway robbers. Hostels were safe areas. There is only one hostel left,
The furnishing in the hostel are mostly authentic. The Forest Service does a nice job at this site.
We stopped for a picnic at the Sunken Trace. The day was about 88 and the humidity was high. We melted. We enjoyed our lunch under the trees and then walked to the old Trace trail.
Our day ended at a Civil War site, Grand Gulf. A Naval war was fought here. The State of Mississippi has a wonderful RV park, museum and artifacts from the war.