Natchez Tour

Southern Hospitality Spring Thaw Tour in Natchez, MS

Support The National Quilt Museum while having fun! Explore historic Natchez, Mississippi on a five-day, four-night motor coach tour. Enjoy the best of this charming, southern riverboat town during your stay at the renowned Natchez Grand Hotel. Experienced tour guide Jimmy the Cricket personally escorts guests each day to the best places in Natchez to eat and through historic homes and plantations. Meet local quilters and get a sneak peak of rarely-seen antique quilts when touring locations such as Magnolia Hall, Routhland, Frogmore Plantation, and The Towers.

Contact Scott Smith at 615-500-9500 to reserve your place. Space is limited.

A portion of each registration is donated to The National Quilt Museum.



About Natchez

Natchez is the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River. This riverboat town is over 300 years old and pre-dates New Orleans. It has been under control of the Native Americans, the French, The Spanish, the British and finally the American as well as Confederate governments. In 1860, this hamlet was home to more millionaires per capita and per square mile than any other city in America, and as a result there remain over 500 antebellum structures in this town of only 16,000 people where graciousness and hospitality abounds. USA Today just ranked Natchez one of the top five small towns in the United States!

About the trip

After a cold winter, guests will hopefully be able to enjoy warmer spring weather and blooming azaleas along with friendly southern hospitality. The tour will leave from Nashville, TN (updated 1-17-2017) on Sunday morning, March 12th, and return Thursday evening, March 16th. Guests will travel in comfort on a private motor coach with leather seats, TVs, bathroom and ports for electronics.

The tour will depart from Nashville, TN to make it easier for guests flying in to meet the tour group.


The tour includes four nights at the renowned Natchez Grand Hotel. The hotel is in historic downtown Natchez where guests can enjoy the incredible view of the Mississippi River with a cozy, comfortable hotel stay.


  • Natchez Grand Hotel serves a full Southern breakfast buffet each morning
  • Welcome supper at Magnolia Hall, with violin concert and an elegant four-course candlelit meal
  • Lunch at Mammy's Cupboard--one of the ten most bizarre buildings in the world--serving homemade breads, pies, and deserts
  • Cocktail party at Cherokee Mansion
  • Gourmet lunch at Brandon Hall
  • Champagne reception and homemade Southern dinner at The Towers
  • Drinks at Linden Hall
  • Luncheon at Routhland
  • Private three-course supper at Choctaw Hall
  • Farewell supper prepared by Chef Esther Carpenter in her ancestral home, The Elms. Chef Carpenter was selected by USA Today as one of the top female chefs in the country.
  • Cash bars available in some locations

Historic Tours

This trip includes visits some of the premiere house museums in America, as well as entrance to private homes and events you will never forget, and stories only insiders get to know.

Southern Hospitality Spring Thaw Tour in Natchez, MS

  • Magnolia Hall, headquarters of the Natchez Garden Club, a pre-Civil War private mansion
  • Frogmore Plantation, an active cotton plantation home to 20 historic structures
  • Explore Cherokee, a magnificent 18th century mansion with unique architecture and fabulous gardens
  • Brandon Hall, plantation home of the son of the first native-born governor of Mississippi, on 50 acres of private land and host to President Franklin Roosevelt
  • Private tour of The Towers mansion, built in stages from 1790s-1850s
  • Informal “milk punch” tour of Linden by long-time owner Jeanette Feltus
  • Behind the scenes tour of Routhland, a 200-year-old private home and the oldest family farm in Mississippi
  • Newly-opened Choctaw Hall, a four-story antebellum mansion housing thousands of pieces of rare porcelain
  • Private tour of First Presbyterian Church, with a collection of 19th century photographs
  • Exclusive private tour of the Parsonage, which has been closed to tourists for over a decade.
  • Open house at Elms Court, setting for the movie Uncle Tom's Cabin and boasting fabulous wrought iron grille work
  • Longwood Plantation, the largest octagonal home ever attempted in the South but never finished due to the Civil War
  • Stanton Hall, headquarters for the Pilgrimage Garden Club as well as the interior of Mont Royal in the miniseries North & South
  • The William Johnson House, home of the "Barber of Natchez"—-an African-American who owned slaves!
  • Lovely garden tours, additional private house tours, and several surprises round out the rest of the trip


  • Concert with vocalist Willie Minor in the Frogmore Plantation church
  • Drive along the Natchez Trace
  • Sing-along concert with festive showboat piano music at The Towers
  • Historic cemetery tour with 100,000 graves including those of Civil War generals, surrounded by 400-year-old oak trees and beautiful flowers
  • Listen to organ music at the historic First Presbyterian Church
  • Learn about the other side of local history with a energetic presentation about the life of African-Americans in Natchez with Miss Lou
  • Time for a casino visit or shopping for antiques and gifts in the antebellum district

And of course... Quilts!

  • Optional $40 quilting workshop at the hotel with Cheri Termini
  • "Pop-up store" with fabrics, notions, books from Heartfelt Works for sale at the hotel
  • Some of the historic homes have offered to show their rarely-seen collections of antique quilts
  • Many of the locations toured feature intricate needle art projects in use
  • Meet members of the local quilt guild
  • View exclusive, antique fabric arts in the collection of a direct descendant of Betsy Ross--including a quilt made remnants from Betsy's own dress.
  • More quilt-related opportunities will be announced closer to the departure date


The cost is $1295 per person for double occupancy. Cost includes lodging, all 13 meals, entry fees, and tours. Single occupancy rooms are available for an additional fee for a total of $1589. Traveler's Insurance is optional but highly recommended. There are no refunds without insurance but trip is transferable to a third party at any time.

About Jimmy the Cricket

Scott Smith, aka Jimmy the Cricket, offers visitors a personal tour of his favorite place, Natchez, Mississippi. He often dons a 19th century outfit including top hat and cane. Having led school groups on tours all over the country-—from Williamburg to Washington D. C. and Charleston to New England--Smith gained excessive knowledge on the way a tour should be conducted. He has been honored to serve as Grand Marshal for Mardi Gras and as a lifetime member of both Natchez garden clubs.

"I had a wonderful exposure to Natchez--the experience was delightful! I will travel with you anytime! Who else gets a serendipity tour of a private home! The variety was great and I was thrilled to be included, especially with your inside scoop! Sincerely, Sherry Bach" (client testimonial)

Contact Scott Smith at 615-500-9500 to reserve your place. Space is limited.

A portion of each registration is donated to The National Quilt Museum.

Jimmy the Cricket Tours is solely responsible for this tour. The National Quilt Museum is a promotional partner only.

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