With a couple extra days in the area we run errands and get some "stuff" done around home on Tuesday. It rains off and on all day, dropping the temps back into the 50's.
The drive on Natchez Trace to the east was so special, that Wednesday we turn to the west to see the section to Natchez, Mississippi.
We get a late start, but it's still chilly at barely 50 degrees when we head out. The day never gets over 52, 15 degrees colder than our first drive.
It's still beautiful.
There are a couple historic stops without trails or structures. Because there is no one else around, it is easy to look into the trees and imagine the events and structures described.
The signage for Rocky Springs is very confusing - don't turn at the first sign for the "area", continue to the sign for the "site" - even Google maps isn't sure what we're looking for. But mis-turns take us to a historic crossroad that we wouldn't have seen. Only the tiny general store building remains. Love when that happens :-)
|And now we're passing through.....|
|The narrow road into Rocky Springs is beautiful.|
|Built in 1827, the Rocky Springs Methodist Church is maintained by the current congregation. Regular services and weddings are still held here.|
|The doors remain unlocked every day.|
|This proud sentinel stands watch at the entrance to the old cemetery|
|Under overcast skies the place feels ancient. We whisper here.|
|Most graves are dated in 1858 and are in all shapes and sizes.|
|Including several of these very small markers I've never seen before. There are some large markers for children, so I don't think these are necessarily for them.|
|Little remains of the town site other than two safes and a few cisterns. At its peak in 1860 the population was 2,616.|
|Several signs along the trail with information about the geology of the area.|
|The Old Trace at Grindstone Ford|
|Mancum Mound, an ancient burial site for ancestors of several Mississippi and Louisiana tribes.|
|Other than some hawks and herons and one deer, we see no wildlife. But these farm critters on the other side of the trace are sure cute!|
|Still pretty deep although sediment has built it up over the years since it was traveled.|
|This moss glowed along the banks.|
|"Two roads diverged in a yellow(ish) wood......."|
|We love this parkway and want to come back and see the rest next time - we only covered about 25%.|
|Site 18 facing the gulf|
|And there's the water - right there!|