Monthly Archives: March 2019

Dr. John Bowman Banks

Dr. John Bowman Banks’ home and first office was in this house, which was constructed sometime between 1886 and 1892.  Dr. Banks was issued his Mississippi medical license in 1885, and filed to practice in Natchez in 1889.  The first … Continue reading

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Sadie V. Thompson House, former home to John Stevens and Frances Smith

Right next to the Sarah Smith Russell house was originally home to another of Eliza Smith’s daughters, Frances, and her husband John Stevens.  Stevens was a police patrolman in Natchez, and retired in 1918 after 30 years of service.  The … Continue reading

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Sarah Smith Russell house

The circa 1880 one-story frame house at 28 St. Catherine bears “echoes of the Italianate style” or Vernacular Italianate and was constructed by at least 1886″ at the beginning of Queen Anne period in Natchez” (Mary Warren Miller, 1995, NRHP … Continue reading

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Holy Family Catholic Church Historic District

Holy Family Catholic Church Historic District includes buildings around St. Catherine Street, which begins at the site of the Forks of the Road historic slave market, and ends at Martin Luther King Street–formerly Pine Street.  I first spied the steeple … Continue reading

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Bluff City Undertaking Company: Robert D. Mackel and Sons Funeral Home

One-story hipped-roof brick commercial building with brick cornice and altered facade. Mid-19th century. (Mary Warren Miller, 1979, Natchez-on-top-of-the-hill historic district National Register of Historic Places nomination form) That is the extent of the “official” information about this building (featuring my favorite … Continue reading

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Zion Chapel A. M. E. Church of Natchez

Zion Chapel was originally built as the Second Presbyterian Church, and designed by architect J. Edward Smith, whose offices were over Johnson’s barber shop on Main Street (Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Historic Resources Inventory). The Greek Revival style … Continue reading

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Natchez Post Office Annex, 1935

The annex to the former post office was completed in 1935, and is easily distinguished by the brick color, flat roof, and lack of cornice.  To go backward yet again in the story, in 1932, the Garner Relief Bill carried … Continue reading

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Former US Post Office, Natchez

Yesterday’s post provided the history of the pre-post office occupant of the site on the corner of Wall and Main, Natchez.  William Johnson, a free man of color, owned and operated a barbershop at this location.  As indicated, in 1854, … Continue reading

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Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture: Former US Post Office

Mississippi Department of Archives & History/Historic Resources Inventory lists the former US Post Office on Main Street as 1905, remodeled 1935.  The buff-colored brick building has a pyramidal tile roof, and the remodel was the addition to the right in … Continue reading

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Taking the Trace to Natchez

This week was National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter, Annual Program Meeting in Natchez.  I left Monday after lunch and had planned to drive down on the Trace from Ridgeland just before Jackson.  The Trace is a 50 mph … Continue reading

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