Sunday, March 16, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway- Part Two
The second day of our journey back to Mississippi was primarily on the parkway. John had seen some of the northern sections of it, as you may know from reading this blog, and he wanted for me to also have the experience of riding on it. Our first stop was at a Chickasaw village site. Here there are markers noting where the tribe had its' summer and winter houses, as well as a fort.
I am not sure why we turned off the parkway into French Village, but it turned out to be a good move. We had not had lunch and thought that there were no restaurants along the Natchez Trace. However, there is a cafe at French Village, the only eating establishment on the parkway. French Camp was founded circa 1810 by a Frenchman who opened a stand, or tavern and inn here. The village has log cabins, an antebellum home and other structures dating back as early as the 1820s. We had a wonderful lunch in the cafe of sandwiches made by the bakery on the grounds of the village, and homemade soup.