Natchez National Historical Park
1 Melrose Montebello Parkway
Natchez, MS 39120
WELCOME to Natchez National
The park consists of three distinct parts. Fort
Rosalie is the site of a fortification from the 1700s, built by the
French, and later controlled by the United Kingdom, Spain, and the
The William Johnson House is the home of William
Johnson, a free African American barber and resident of Natchez whose
diary has been published. Melrose is the estate of John T. McMurran, a
lawyer and state senator who was a planter in Natchez from 1830 until
the Civil War.
The fort is not open to the public. The other
two units of the park include displays related to life in antebellum
The collection at Melrose's two-story Greek
Revival main house and its slave quarters includes painted floor
cloths, mahogany punkah, a set of Rococo Revival parlor furniture, a
set of Gothic Revival dining room chairs, and bookcases with books
dating to the 1700s.
These were collected from Natchez families
including the McMurran family. The collection in the Johnson house
includes furnishings from his life and family. Archaeological objects
found in the park are also on display.
The City on the Bluff
Throughout its history, Natchez has always been
a place of opportunity. This is evident throughout Natchez National
Historical Park. From the magnificent antebellum estate of John
McMurran, to the downtown home of African-American barber and diarist
William Johnson, to the French Fort Rosalie, this diverse Mississippi
River town has lent itself to opportunity for hundreds of years.
Mr. McMurran of Melrose
Born in Pennsylvania in 1801, John T. McMurran
was a man of ambition. Drawn to Natchez by the prospect of wealth, Mr.
McMurran married, established himself as a successful lawyer, and
commissioned the construction of his elegant Melrose estate.
The Barber of Natchez
Born enslaved, William Johnson was freed at the
age of eleven and later became a very successful barber and
entrepreneur in the city of Natchez. From 1835-1851, Johnson kept a
diary about daily activities in the city. His home, located on State
Street, is part of Natchez National Historical Park.
The Melrose estate, home of the John T. McMurran
family, is one of two National Park Service units currently open to
the public in Natchez.
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